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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

Bassano: 38 Dover St, W1

TRH the Duke and Duchess of York 26 Apr 1923

RCIN 2941575

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In this photograph, taken at Buckingham Palace after the wedding, the new Duchess of York does not hold her bouquet. In an unrehearsed gesture, she had placed it on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the way into the Abbey.

The Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon were married in Westminster Abbey on 26 April 1923. In his diary King George V noted that after continuous rain that morning ‘the sun actually came out as Elizabeth entered the Abbey’.