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Detail from a portrait of the marriage of Princess Helena

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

Honiton [Devon]

Honiton lace fan c. 1893

RCIN 25398

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This exquisite lace fan was a gift from the Lacemakers and Ladies of Honiton and Neighbourhood to the future Queen Mary at the time of her marriage in 1893. Lace has been made in the Honiton area since the late sixteenth century and both Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra's wedding veil and dress flounce were made there. Queen Mary was the first royal bride to receive a Honiton lace fan. The centre of the fan leaf includes a crowned M flanked by cornucopia containing branches of may blossom.