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Detail from a portrait of the marriage of Princess Helena
Royal Weddings

The history of Royal weddings as seen through items in the Royal Collection


Queen Mary's Wedding Dress


RCIN 72016

The Duke and Duchess of York on their wedding day©

This wedding dress, worn by the future Queen Mary at her wedding to the future King George V, was designed by Arthur Silk, of Silk Studios. As the theme of the wedding, held at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, was the 'May Silks', the dress features emblems of the rose, shamrock and thistle, and is embellished with orange blossom.

The bride's wedding dress and train were made of ivory silk satin woven in the East London (Spitalfields) silk mills. The bodice was brocaded in ivory and silver thread. Both bodice and skirt were trimmed with Honiton lace and orange blossom. The lace veil had been worn by the bride's mother at her own wedding in 1866. The train had a design of roses, shamrocks and thistles in silver on a white ground.

The photograph shows the bride and groom in their wedding costume.

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