By the altar of Westminster Abbey on April 26th 1923,
the Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
were married. Prince Albert, (‘Bertie’ to his familiars),
was the second son of the King and was born on December 14th 1895. He
had been conferred with the title of Duke of York in 1921. Lady Elizabeth
was the youngest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and
Kinghorne and was born on August 4th 1900. She had grown up at Glamis
Castle, the family’s ancestral home in Scotland where the ghosts
of Macbeth and his Lady are reputed to roam.
The special Wedding Number
(Appendix List No. 84)
appeared on April 28th, 1923 and, as well as covering the marriage ceremony,
presents illustrated biographies of the couple, pictures of the wedding
gifts and full descriptions of their honeymoon home at Polsden Lacey
and their new frme, White Lodge, in Richmond Park. Two coloured plates
of the bride and groom from paintings specially made for the ILN by
John St. Helier Lander accompany the issue.
The coloured cover, designed by K. Cooley, has portraits of the bride
and bridegroom in oval frames against a blue background rich in nuptial
motifs. At the top are the armorial bearings of the couple (the ‘bows’
and ‘lions’ on the bride’s arms being a nice example
of punning on the names of both Bowes and Lyon). At the bottom, against
a golden sunrise, a cupid rides on a white horse heralded by his minions
with trumpets and orange blossom garlands.
This is issue number 4384, vol. 162, pages 677-740, measuring 37 x 27
cm and priced at two shillings.
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