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Wedding of Prince George, Duke of York, and Princess Mary of Teck


Prince George, Duke of York and Princess Mary of Teck were married at 12:30 on 6 July 1893 at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace.

On the morning of their wedding, George accidentally caught sight of his fiancé down a long corridor of Buckingham Palace; he proceeded to make a "low and courtly bow," a gesture Mary never forgot.

Princess Mary was attended by ten bridesmaids: Princesses Victoria Melita, Alexandra, and Beatrice of Edinburgh (George's first cousins); Princesses Maud and Victoria of Wales (George's sisters); Princesses Margaret and Patricia of Connaught; Princesses Alice and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (George's first cousins); and Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (George's first cousin).

The royal parties were brought in large carriage processions, consisting of open landaus. Mary entered in the final procession with her father the Duke of Teck and her eldest brother Prince Adolphus of Teck.Mary greeted the crowds' applause with her "side-ways smile," and with "a little nervous gesture of her white-gloved right hand". As royal weddings were historically popular spectacles, the wedding attracted large crowds, many of which gathered in the route from Buckingham Palace to St James's Palace to give the couple an "enthusiastic reception".

Mary's wedding dress had a train of silver and white brocade, and was embroidered with a design of rose, shamrock, and thistle in silver. She wore the same bridal veil as her mother Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck had in 1866 - it was small, and hung down the back of the head. Her trousseau consisted partly of "forty outdoor suits, fifteen ball-dresses, five tea-gowns, a vast number of bonnets, shoes, and gloves," as reported by the Lady's Pictorial. The couple received equally lavish wedding presents, such as jewelry and plates valued at £300,000.

The Archbishop of Canterbury performed the ceremony, and was assisted by the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Rochester, and five other prelates. George and Mary then proceeded to Buckingham Palace, and the marriage register was signed by the Queen, the prime minister, and all other royal personages present.

Upon their marriage, Mary became styled as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York. They spent their honeymoon at Sandringham, the Prince of Wales' estate in Norfolk.

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