July 3, 2013
Today’s Chic Vintage Bride was the beautiful model for none other than Norman Hartnell (the designer of Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott‘s, Princess Elizabeth‘s and Princess Margaret‘s wedding dresses) – no wonder she had style!
Jane McNeill married Lord Dalkeith on 10 January 1953, at St. Giles’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. The wedding caused something of a media storm for Lord Dalkeith had been expected to marry Princess Margaret. In fact by the Princess’s 20th birthday, in August 1950, the continental papers were full of news of the impending marriage, but it was not to be.
This was a marriage of love with the couple falling deeply for each other after they met 4 years before their wedding. The wedding itself was an ellaborate affair attended by the Queen, with the bride adorned in a Hardy Amies dress of silver lace (imagine how pretty the that lace in silver must have looked….), with a full skirt, simple bodice and long sleeves.
Princess Margaret was later godmother to their first son, Lord Eskdaill, the present Duke; and the couple were happily married for 54 years until the Duke’s death in 2007.
Such a beautiful bride