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In 1879 there appeared the first special royal wedding number. (Appendix List no.8) However, unlike previous ‘specials’ this number was one of the weekly issues and is so numbered (No. 2074. Vol. 74). Dated March 15th, 1879, it celebrates the wedding of Arthur, Duke of Connaught, the Queen’s 3rd son to Princess Louise Margaret, 3rd daughter of Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia.

The wedding ceremony was performed in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, on 13th March. It was a family solemnity under the direction of Queen Victoria herself (unlike the wedding of the Prince of Wales in 1863 which was a public act arranged by the Government).The engravings depict the whole marriage ceremony, the wedding ‘dejeuner’, the father and mother of the bride, the bridesmaids and the gifts. A double page supplement in tinted colours shows Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught. The glossy cover in light and dark shades of brown is decorated with cupids, orange blossom, the coats of arms of the bridal pair and a medallion showing profiles of the couple. The design is topped by scroll work with the words ‘Wedding Number’.The pages number 237-260; it measures 42 x 30 cm and cost sixpence. next page >>

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