Another Royal wedding in the offing.
Very soon, on may 19, in the chapel of St. George will host the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle. Thousands of Britons will gather on the streets of Windsor to see the happy newlyweds. Millions of people worldwide will watch the ceremony on TV or online, reports the Chronicle.info with reference for a Fresher.
To contrast with the wedding of the Internet era (second in a row after the marriage of William and Kate) you can remember, like 125 years ago in 1893 the future king George V took to wife the Princess Mary Tekskom: the couple married in a small chapel Royal St JaME’s Palace, where difficult to fit 100 guests.
And although at different times of the wedding members of the Royal family took place in different ways, some rules never change, because the British Royal family, always a Bastion of traditionalism. Let’s remember a few of these wedding traditions unchanged.
Wedding rings made from Welsh gold
Left: wedding ring and engagement ring and ring-signet of Sarah, Duchess of York. Right: the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, April 2011
For more than 80 years there is a tradition to cast wedding rings for members of the Royal family is from Welsh gold. For the first time such a wedding ring of the bride was used on 26 April 1923 wedding of the future king George VI and Queen mother Elizabeth. Since that time Welsh gold has become the constant companion of all the Royal ceremonies in the UK.
Wedding rings Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Royal Princess Anne, Princess Diana of Wales, Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, made from Welsh gold. It uses exclusively metal from the mine of Saint David in Wales. Gold was mined there during the Roman occupation of Britain, but in the 80-ies of the last century its production was discontinued.
The original Welsh gold there are very few. Fortunately, in November 1981, the Royal British Legion presented the Queen Elizabeth II 26-gram ingot of Welsh gold 875-th test, which is used exclusively for casting wedding rings of the Royal family.
Which ring will be from Prince Harry and Megan Markle will be known only on the day of their wedding.
Sprig of Myrtle in the bride’s bouquet
In this picture painted by John Phillip in 1960, depicts the wedding of the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, which took place in 1858
According to tradition, the bride’s bouquet from the Royal family must be branches of Myrtle from a summer residence — the home of the Osbournes in the Isle of Wight in the English channel. Why Mirt? The British call it herb of love, and Myrtle flowers symbolize innocence, happy marriage and fertility.
The first branches of this evergreen shrub appeared in the wedding bouquet of Queen Victoria in 1840. After the wedding ceremony Victoria planted a Myrtle in my garden on the Isle of Wight, where it grows to this day. Branches of Myrtle from the Isle of Wight are present in the bouquets of the brides of the Royal family since 1858. But instead of the traditional throwing the bouquet to unmarried girlfriends Megan Markle will traditionally lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey in London.
Bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown soldier
Almost 100 years ago, lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the late mother of the current reigning Queen Elizabeth II, marked the beginning of another wedding tradition of the Royal family. On the day of their wedding in Westminster Abbey she laid her bouquet of the bride on the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. Thus it commemorates all British soldiers who died in the First world war, but his brother Fergus, who died in 1915 at the battle of Loos.
On the day of his wedding on 26 April 1923 lady Elizabeth became the first bride who walked down the aisle without a bouquet in hand, she laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier before you enter the Church. Ever since bride of Royal blood in Britain will carry your Bridal bouquet at the monument, but do it after the wedding ceremony.
Official wedding portraits
Wedding portrait of king George V and Princess Mary of Tekskom, 1893
Another tradition for Royal weddings — an official photo shoot, which is usually carried out between the wedding ceremony and wedding reception.
The first British monarch, who made the official wedding portrait, became king Edward VII, Prince of Wales. When, on 10 March 1863 he married Alexandra, a Danish Princess, sister of Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna, the ceremony was attended by numerous photographers. Then the official black-and-white pictures were painted so that they looked like portraits.
In the beginning of XX century, became popular postcards with portraits of members of the Royal family that the public has begun to collect. So the official wedding portraits given a new life. For example, the photo above is one of the exhibits of the collection of photos, postcards and documents that belongs to miss Anna Gordon, the former maid of a Royal residence.
As to the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then they chose their wedding photographer Alexey Lubomirski, one of the most popular and stylish fashion photographers of our time. Born in England, half Peruvian and half Polish, Lubomirski already photographed a couple for their official pomology portraits.
Orange blossom (orange flowers)
Queen Victoria’s wedding dress (the portrait by Winterhalter) and brooch, a gift from her fiancé
For the wedding with Prince albert on 10 April 1840 Queen Victoria wore a tiara: her head was adorned with a wreath of orange blossom, flowers of orange tree (wild orange), a symbol of purity.
At the wedding of Prince albert gave the bride a brooch in the shape of sprigs of orange blossom with gold leaves and white flowers made of porcelain and later continued to give Victoria jewelry in this style. In the end, from 1839 to 1846 gathered beautiful paryura (set of jewelry), consisting of brooches with matching earrings and headdress, a gift for a wedding anniversary.
It was thanks to Queen Victoria orange blossom and white bridesmaid dress became a fixture in every traditional wedding. In the Victorian era all the Princess walked down the aisle with orange blossoms in a wedding dress. This tradition was in Vogue in the twentieth century: when in 1947 Elizabeth II married, her wedding dress satin ivory was embroidered with pearls and crystals in the bouquets of orange blossom, Jasmine and white rose of York, which were combined with ears of wheat, symbolizing fertility.