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Royal Wedding Gowns down the ages - Part 6 (b)HRH Prince Albert, Duke of York and the Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - 26th April 1923 – Westminster Abbey, London.The detail on the bodice was intended to match the traditional Flanders lace provided for the train by Queen Mary The gown was reportedly based on a dress created by Jeanne Lanvin and was "suggestive of a medieval Italian gown". A strip of Brussels lace, inserted in the dress, was a Strathmore family heirloom. A female ancestor of the bride wore it to a grand ball for "Bonnie Prince Charlie" (Charles Edward Stuart). The silver leaf girdle had a trail of spring green tulle, trailing to the ground; silver and rose thistle fastened it. According to an era news article: "In the trimming the bride has defied all old superstitions about the unluckiness of green." Her veil (loaned to her by Queen Mary) covered her head almost as a hat would and fell cloak-like at her sides. She anchored it with a band of myrtle and a York rose on each side rather than the tiara we'd expect today. (Bridal tiaras in the royal family weren't so common back then.)As the crowds began to gather on the eve of the wedding, the rain started to fall. It stopped at 9.30 in the morning. At 11.08 the King and Queen set off. At precisely 11.12 Elizabeth left Bruton Street. Exactly one minute later, the Duke, the Prince of Wales, his chief supporter (the royal equivalent of 'best man'), and Prince Henry, left the Palace.As the Royal Family entered the Abbey, the congregation rose. Princess Mary and her husband Viscount Lascelles appeared first followed by Prince George in midshipman’s uniform flanked by Queen Alexandra, the Queen Mother, and her sister Marie, the Dowager Empress of Russia. King George and Queen Mary followed. The King was wearing the full-dress uniform of an admiral. The Queen wore a silver and aquamarine gown with the sash of the Order of the Garter. Bertie arrived at the Abbey with his brothers the Prince of Wales and Prince Henry. Bertie wore his Royal Air Force Group Captain’s uniform with the Riband and Star of the Order of the Garter and the Star of the Order of the Thistle recently awarded by the King as a tribute to his future daughter-in-law. The Prince of Wales wore a Welsh Guard uniform and Prince Henry wore a Hussar’s uniform. Their grandmother, Queen Alexandra, rose from her seat and embraced all three of her grandsons.The bridesmaids, continuing the custom seemingly started by his father and continued by his sister the year before included cousins, nieces and friends.Photos - top - the Royal Family group, showing the sons in their different uniforms, bottom left - Lady Elizabeth leaving her parents' home, bottom middle - a close up at the altar - you can see Queen Alexandra, bottom right - the couple kneeling during prayer, showing the veil and train. ball gown lace bridal gowns