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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

Sir Richard Rivington Holmes (1835-1911)

Torchlight procession for the marriage of Prince Leopold, 7 April 1882 dated 1882

RCIN 920790

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Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany was the youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In 1882 he married Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

To mark the occassion, that evening, a torchlit procession through the grounds of Windsor castle spelt out an 'A' for Albany. The artisit, Sir Richard Rivington Holmes was the Royal Librarian at Windsor Castle.