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Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901-2004) on her wedding day 6 Nov 1935

RCIN 2806651

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Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901-2004) is pictured on her wedding day, holiding a bouquet of roses and lilies. Large flower arrangements containing lilies and chrysanthemums, among other flowers, have been placed either side of the Princess.

Princess Alice married Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (the third son of King George V) at a small ceremony in the Private Chapel at Buckingham Palace in November 1936. The ceremony had originally been planned as a larger service at Westminster Abbey, but the Duchess' father died of cancer in October 1936, and the king himself was in declining health. Amongst the bridesmaids were the groom's neices, Princess Margaret and the future Queen Elizabeth II. It was estimated that over a million people lined the streets to see the couple of on their honeymoon