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Honiton [Devon]

Handkerchief 1893

Honiton lace | 35.5 x 36.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 120026

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The label in Queen Mary’s hand identifies this particular handkerchief as the one that she, ‘Victoria Mary, Duchess of York’, used on her wedding day. It is made of fine Honiton lace and embroidered with her initials, VM. In the photograph with the bridesmaids (below) the new Duchess of York is holding a handkerchief together with a pair of gloves.

Of the ten bridesmaids at the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary), nine were granddaughters of Queen Victoria. The tenth, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was a great-granddaughter (second row, seated, far left); she

The Duke and Duchess of York and bridesmaids, 6 July 1893. ©