HRH Prince Richard of Gloucester and Birgitte van Deurs
July 8, 1972
It was a quiet affair 40 years ago when Danish-born Birgitte van Deurs married the prince she met while at school in Cambridge, Prince Richard, the younger son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the queen’s cousin. By the couple’s own design, they had a simple country wedding, and the bride had the dress to match.
1930s elegance of the bride’s mother-in-law’s wedding gown, to the embellished creations of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown and coronation gown, to the chic simplicity of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress. For Birgitte, Hartnell created a very 1970s dress with the high collar, simple skirt and small train, and long sleeves all done in white Swiss organdie with a floral embossing.
|With Prince William of Gloucester (right), the best man|
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