What will she wear? A 1923 Royal wedding

There is considerable curiosity about the dress that Catherine Middleton will wear at her wedding to Prince William today.  In 1923, another Royal wedding took place in late April at Westminster Abbey when William’s great-grandmother married the then Duke of York.

The Advertiser reported on the event the day after the ceremony and included a detailed description of the bride’s dress.

The Advertiser – 27 April 1943

The Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon – 26 April 1923

The Bride’s Dress.

The bride’s wedding dress was of ivory moire mousme, designed with extreme simplicity. She wished specially for a rich shade of ivory, and the material was dyed accordingly. Following classical lines, the dress was cut in one piece, reaching almost to the ground, and with the waist line slightly raised. The sleeves just covered the top of the shoulders. The front of the bodice was decorated with four bands of pearl trimming, a similar one being used to decorate the front of the skirt. The wedding veil, caught at each ear with a white rose and a spray of orange blossom, which supplied the only color foil to the creamy whiteness, consisted of old lace belonging to the Queen. The train was of Nottingham lace, the back of the dress having a panel of silver tissue.

HT to The Fashion Notes blog for the photograph.