Chic Vintage Bride – Frances Roche

March 26, 2014

You may not recognise the name of today’s Chic Vintage Bride, but I am sure you will see something in those doe eyes and demure look that is distinctly familiar…..

Chic Vintage 1950s Bride - Frances Roche

Frances Roche married  John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (later the 8th Earl Spencer), at Westminster Abbey on the 1st of June, 1954. The wedding was a grand affair, as befitting a future earl and the daughter of a Baron, as well as a close friend of George VI; with royal attendees including Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen mother and Princess Margaret.

Chic Vintage 1950s Bride - Frances Roche

The beautiful young bride (she was just 18 at the time) wore a gown of camellia white faille elaborately adorned with silver sequin crystals and hand-cut diamante, which actually reminds me a great deal of Elizabeth’s Norman Hartnell design worn 6 years earlier. Her cathedral length tulle veil was simple in design but topped by the most splarkly of crowns…..

Chic Vintage 1950s Bride - Frances Roche (sadly I have been unable to discover more about the divine diadem, other than that it was lent to the bride by her mother)

Chic Vintage 1950s Bride - Frances Roche

The Queen kindly lent the happy couple St. James’s Palace for the reception, which was attended by the royal family plus 900 ‘personal friends’ – 900? Wow, what a reception!

Chic Vintage 1950s Bride - Frances Roche Attendants

Chic Vintage 1950s Bride - Frances Roche Chic Vintage 1950s Bride - Frances Roche

7 years after this day, the couple welcomed their third daughter, Lady Diana Spencer.

Chic Vintage 1950s Bride - Frances Roche (Image Source – Diana’s Legacy)

I do believe Frances Roche’s wedding dress was as beautiful, if not as iconic, as her daughter’s.




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4 Responses to “Chic Vintage Bride – Frances Roche”

  1. Oh! So she i’s Princess Diana’s mom ! Am I correct?

  2. Susan says:

    I have to say, I was creeped out by the thought that Charles might have been one of her little attendants…

  3. Cathy says:

    I did not know that Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother attended their wedding. Unfortunately, their marriage did not last. They divorced when Diana was a young girl.

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