Happy Anniversary to Princess Alexandra of Kent, who got married to the Hon. Angus Ogilvy on this day in 1963 at Westminster Abbey. The only daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece, Princess Alexandra is the only paternal female cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Alexandra and the later Sir Angus had two children, and were married until his death in 2004. Take a look below at scenes from the wedding-
Princess Alexandra left Kensington Palace for Westminster Abbey by car, driving along a crowd-lined route.
Meanwhile, at the Abbey, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, mother of the bride, arrived with her younger son, Prince Michael, and daughter-in-law, Katherine, Duchess of Kent. The Queen Mother arrived with King Olav of Norway and Queen Frederica of Greece. Behind them came Queen Louise of Sweden, her step daughter, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, and her daughter (and Queen Frederica’s soon-to-be daughter-in-law), then Princess Anne Marie of Denmark. Princess Margaret arrived with her husband, Lord Snowden, while the Queen (wearing a stunning Norman Hartnell dress and coat) walked up the aisle with the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles. Princess Anne served as a Bridesmaid. You can also spot two additional royals above, Princess Alexandra’s aunt, Princess Paul of Yugoslavia in the top left, and Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain in the top right.
Princess Alexandra was escorted up the aisle by her elder brother, the Duke of Kent, as their father, Prince George, had died in 1942, during the Second World War.
The ceremony was officiated by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey.
Afterwar the ceremony, the couple went to Edward the Confessor’s Chapel, to sign three registers, first the ordinary one, another for the royal family, and a third for the Abbey.
After curtsying to the Queen and members of the Royal family, Princess Alexandra and her bridegroom walked down the aisle.
The bride and groom were closely followed by members of the royal family and royal guests. Above the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Charles were followed by the Queen Mother, King Olav of Norway and Queen Frederica of Greece, who in turn were followed by Queen Louise of Sweden, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark. In the background you can also spot Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain walking with Queen Helen of Romania.
You can also see some of the other family members above, including Princess Alice Countess of Athlone, Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.
Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy rode in the Glass Coach to St. James’s Palace, for the Wedding Breakfast, where they also posed for the official photographs.
Princess Alexandra wore a John Cavanagh Gown made with a piece of Valciennes lace from her late grandmother, Princess Nicholas of Greece, and worn with Lady Patricia Ramsey‘s wedding veil. She topped her ensemble with the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara, borrowed from her mother, which we covered yesterday.
The Bride and Groom also posed with their families and some of the guests for the Official Photographs.
Later on, Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy were seen off from the courtyard of St. James’s Palace, as they departed for their honeymoon.