April 26, 1923: Lady Elizabeth’s Diary Entry on Her Wedding Day

Today is Prince William and Kate’s third wedding anniversary, and the three year anniversary of the Royal Posters staying up all night to watch and direct every second of it. There was even a life-size cut out of William and Kate there (thanks, AMD!) and we all dressed up as different royals. So much fun. Anyway, their’s isn’t the only royal wedding to look back on this time of year.

91 years ago this week, Prince Albert married Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon in Westminster Abbey. Lucky for us, we have Elizabeth’s diary entry from that day as it was quoted in the delightful book Counting One’s Blessings: The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by William Shawcrosse, which includes letters Elizabeth wrote when she was a young girl up until the last years of her life (it can be purchased here.)

Diary: Thursday, 26 April, 1923

Woke at 8:30. Up by 10. Put on my wedding dress, aided by Suzanne & Catherine. It looked lovely. All the family went off early, also mother. Miss Chard came & talked to me. At 11.12 the carriage came & father & I started off for the Abbey. Lots of people in B St., & crowds in streets. Did not feel very nervous. Bertie smiled at me when I got up to him – & it all went off well. We had a long drive home to B.P. Crowds very kind. We were photographed, & also went out on the balcony. The luncheon. Sat between Bertie & the King. After lunch talked & cut cake etc. Went to change about 3.40. Mother & Anne came – then May & Rosie, Mike, and David and father. Awful saying goodbye. B & I drove off at 4.15 & had a special to Bookham. Very tired & happy. Bed 12.

Here’s one of those pictures she mentions. What a happy looking bunch. *cough*

This photo of the couple of the balcony is a bit more cheerful:

As we discussed in the post on the Greville Jewels, the new Duke and Duchess of York spent their honeymoon at Polesden Lacey, Mrs. Ronnie Greville’s estate. Unfortunately, Elizabeth came down with a case of whooping cough. Too bad!

If you’re in the mood for some more reminiscing, here’s our post on the Queen Mum’s wedding dress and here’s another one all about the time we went to have high tea at the Goring Hotel in London (where Kate stayed with her family the night before the wedding, natch). Oh – and this time last year, was also all about the Queen Beatrix’s abdication and saying hello to Queen Maxima. It all started on April 29, 2013…so many royal memories 😉


Categories: British Royal Family, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Royal Weddings


2 replies

  1. Well it was a formal posed portrait for history. The wedding of the first British prince to a British commoner in centuries. People in the Victorian era (as that still was) did not smile in formal photographs. Actually Lady Elizabeth looks almost sad.

  2. Up at 10:00 and out of the house by 11:12? Apparently she didn’t take hours and hours for hair and makeup like today’s brides!

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