HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent and the Hon. Angus Ogilvy
April 24, 1963
Westminster Abbey, London
As a granddaughter of King George V and a cousin of the Queen, Princess Alexandra's wedding included plenty of ceremony but wasn't a state occasion (there were no public holidays or balcony appearances). Following pre-wedding festivities including a white tie ball for 2000 at Windsor Castle, the bride left her Kensington Palace home for the Abbey on her wedding day in a Rolls Royce. The newlyweds departed the church for their wedding breakfast at St. James' Palace in a horse-drawn carriage.
Most of the fussy characteristics of the dress stem from another bridal request: Alexandra wanted lace. She gave Cavanagh a piece of Valciennes lace from her late grandmother, Princess Nicholas of Greece, and Lady Patricia Ramsey's wedding veil. Alexandra requested the lace pattern of the 44-year-old veil be copied for her own gown.
at this link. Watch the bride move. She's moving so slow because she's elegant and stately, but one can also imagine it's because she has to be careful about stopping and starting with so much weight behind her.
This reminds me of two Greek brides: Marie-Chantal Miller, and Tatiana Blatnik. Like M-C, we have a high lace neck competing with a lace veil for attention, though I find Alexandra's version more successful since her lace is all the same. And like Tatiana, there are many layers of lace in the train and veil, and the cumulative effect requires a lot of arranging and doesn't always look neat while moving.
Diana, Princess of Wales's train, and Diana had lots more space to play with in St. Paul's Cathedral. Such a long train can also be hazardous to the bridal elegance: if you continue watching the wedding video, you'll see the train get a little caught up after the registry signing. You'll also see chief bridesmaid Princess Anne appear to just tell the bride to keep moving to fix it. (How helpful!) She was clearly no match for the gown.
in this video.
How does this dress rank for you: are you a fan of the lace overload, or not?
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