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DRESSES WORN AT THE ROYAL WEDDING. The style of dress worn at the wedding of the Princess Louise of Wales and the Duke of Fife by the Royal family and the guests who were present was in a measure unique for such an occasion. It was not full Court dress, nor was it ordinary morning dress, but a combination of both. The bodices were high, cut en demi- toilette; but with these there were diamond coronets and magnificent parures of gems. The bride did not wear a low dress, as most Royal brides do in England. It was, however, a beauti- ful gown, and most becoming to a girlish bride. In the lace folds in front of the bodice there was a tiny spray of orange blossom, and beside it a sprig of white heather, sent by the bridegroom the morning of the marriage, in accordance with the Scottish theory that such a gift brings happi- ness and luck. The Princess wore a single row of magnificent pearls, and only one diamond star in her hair, holding her veil in folds behind her coronal of orange blossoms. The veil was of lace, matching that on the dress, the design being a quarter of a yard deep all round of roses and forget-me-nots; in the centre sprays of forget-me-nots were wrought in at intervals. Until the marriage service was completed the veil was worn down, but at the conclusion it was thrown back for the bride to receive Her Majesty's kiss, and those of her other Royal relatives. When the bride appeared in the chapel she carried a bouquet, which had to be fetched from Marlborough House by one of the equerries, as it had inadvertently been left behind. The eight Royal bridesmaids were dresaed alike in pale pink Siciliene, draped with pink crepe de Chine. Each bridesmaid wore a single row of pearls round her throat, and a gold bracelet with the initials of the bride and bridegroom in bril- liants, with their respective coronets. These were the gift of the Duke of Fife. Each wore in her hair on the left side a spray of pink moss rosebuds. The Queen relaxed the stringency of her mourning more than she has ever done since her widowhood. Her gown was black, brocaded with tiny motifs in silver, a long drapery or veil of magnificent white lace fell from beneath her diamond tiara, and some white tulle was used to trim the bodice. Her Majesty wore the necklace and earrings presented by the women of England as part of their Jubilee offering. The Princess of Wales wore pearl-grey satin brocaded in silver, in a pattern of oxeyed daisies and Marguerite foliage, made with a long plain train; the front draped with grey crepe lisse, embroidered in silver the folds down either side of the open front were fastened with diamond buttons the satin revers on either side bordered with silver palon. Her Roval Hiorhrmss wnro A — o # y— diamond tiara in three divisions, in the centre of each of which was one immense sapphire. A collar of diamonds and three rows of loosely hanging single stones, with pendants completed her jewels. She carried a bunch of dark red roses. The shoes were of satin, matching the dress, with high Louis Quinze bows. Princess Christian wore satin of a delicate shade known as "gris tonrterelle," the skirt and train plainly draped. The tablier was of satin, with flowers wrought with grey pearls and a faint tracery of silver. Chains of pearls trimmed the front of the bodice, and Her Royal Highness wore many magnificent diamond ornaments. The sides of the bodice were draped en chale with a high pointed band of gold the sleeves, draped fanci- fully on the shoulders, were caught in with two other bands of pulling of mousseline chiffon a butterfly bow of gold bouillon gauze was placed in the hair. Princess Louise (Marchioness of Lome) wore white brocade, the design outlined and mixed with silver and gold in her hair diamond ornaments and a white osprey aigrette, in which sparkled many brilliants. Princess Henry of Battenberg wore a dress of a becoming shade of heliotrope, the front of a paler hue, with diamond ornaments. The Princess Mary (Duchess of Teck) was in brocaded velvet, the design being in a deep tint of mauve, the satin ground many shades paler; the front of the skirt consisted of alternate strips of puffed satin and of cut-steel and bronze fringe; the square bodice was trimmed with China crepe of the pale mauve shade, with passementerie of cut-steel and bronze in her hair were two bands of diamonds and several stars. She also wore a collar of brilliants, from which hung several pendants. The Princess Frederica of Hanover's costume was of white silk and bronze-green velvet; it was made with a high collar, beneath which two straps of velvet were brought to a point and fastened with a quaint device in brilliants; the elbow sleeves were also strapped with velvet, as was the front of the-dress, each strap having a diamond orna- ment. The Duchess of Buccleuch, Mistress of the Robes, had a magnificent black faille gown the skirt and bodice were trimmed with jet, which set off the splendid Buccleuch diamonds to re- markable advantage. The Marchioness of Lothian wore a flowered gown of gold and white brocade, ornamented with emeralds and diamonds. The Countess of Rosebery had a gown of electric-blue satin, with large stars of the same shade of faille woven into it; the front breadth was composed of Valenciennes lace over a lighter tone of blue, caught up here and there with bows of electric velvet; the bodice was made high in the back, cut in a V shape in front, trimmed with folds Of satin and Valenciennes. The Duchess of West- minster had a magnificent diamond coronet; her gown was of white striped brocade; skirt and bodice trimmed with embroidered lisse. The Duchess of Manchester wore a pale coloured lemon gown, and her diamond tia was remark- ably handsome. Lady Randolph Churchill had the same ahadetiDrMli brocade and Cr6pe de Chine, and many flow diamonds in her hair. Mafia Marchioness of Aylesbury wassmong the earliest arrivals, wearing a magnificent purple dress slashed with pink a diamond butterfly in her hair. Countess Spencer wore a white satin dress, trimmed with gold. fringe, and a profusion of diamonds, necklace and stars notably hand- some. The Hon. Mrs Alexander Fitzmaurice had a grey plush gown mixed with strawberry satin, trimmed with coffee-coloured lace. Mrs Gladstone was in black with white lace shawl. Miss Trotter had a blue striped satin gown, trimed with blue crepe, made with high back and open in front, with elbow sleeves. Lady Magheramorne had a Bengaline puce gown, opening at the side to show an Indian brocade, the front of a light peach tone. Lady Agnes Townshend wore white soft crêpe, with bright silver trimmings. Lady Emily Kingscote, a Pompadour brocade with pink roses on a putty ground, the front shrimp-colour poult de soie. Lady Granville had a grey armure royale, draped with embroidered cashmere. The show of dia- monds was amazing; they glimmered and glittered, greatly enhancing the beauty of their wearers. At the reception at Marlborough House, when the bride and bridegroom returned thence from Buckingham Palace, the guests who were invited wore morning dress with bonnets, and it was easy to distinguish by their style of dress those who had been actually present at the ceremony and breakfast. The Dowager Duchess of Marl- borough wore a grey brocaded dress and bonnet. Lady Sarah Churchill, a light voile redingote and skirt, embroidered with gold, and a charm- ing hat of tulle, very transparent, with tilleul tinted flowers. Countess Deym displayed some magnificent diamonds. Lady Raincliffe appeared in yellow brocade-the front and sleeves draped with black mousseline de chiffon the Zouave jacket and high Empire sash were made of black velvet, the latter edged with silver trimming. Lady Guinness wore a green velvet Zouave jacket, with a pink silk dress, embroidered in white. Lady Crossley had a Russian gown of grey cloth, the bodice made with a full front and high waistband of yellow crepe de Chine, the sleeves crossed with bands of white braid. Mrs George Cavendish-Bentinck had a dress of white mousseline de chiffon over white silk, trimmed with embroidered lisse; the Empire band was formed with watered silk ribbon on the bodice, ending in a long bow; her bonnet was white velvet, having a wreath of purple-shaded yellow pansies between the black jet comb and the bonnet were high loops of hair a la Josephine. The Marchionesss of Salisbury appeared also in olive-green velvet, with a tablier of old point lace; the elbow sleeves were bordered with lace, and the bodice trimmed with folds of blue and of pink satin; a bouquet of pink roses was carried in the hand. Mme. de Falbe had a gown of white corded silk with revers of peach ribbons at the side of the skirt, the front of the skirt veiled with lace her jewels were magnificent, her neck was completely hidden by a necklace, collar, and pendants of diamonds, and diamonds mingled with the peach blossom aigrette in her hair. Lady Gosford had some magnificent diamonds also. Miss Knollys had selected the tint of the robin's egg for her gown, which was draped with gauze to match she carried some red carnations, and some others appeared on the front of the bodice she had diamond stars in her hair. Miss Temple's dress was composed of two shades of mOlSY, green, the bodice most unique, filled in with lisse of the palest laburnum tint; Lady Wantage', carnation pink, with pink velvety and many diamonds in her hair; Lady Brook had a lovely toilette of green crepe de Chine and brocade, the Marchioness of Stafford having a gown of equally beautiful brocade. Mme. de Falbe changed her dress ere she appeared at Marlborough House, where she wore a rich almond-toned silk, and a bunch of red geraniums Lady Cranborne had a charming gown of white silk and Lady Howe's two daughters, white embroidered muslins. None of the gentlemen present wore ordinary morning dress, and the brilliant costumes of some of the Queen's Indian attendants added to the splendour of the gathering. The bridegroom wore the blue and white uniform of the 1st Banff Artillery the Prince of Wales was in the uniform of a Field Marshal, his eldest son in the uniform of the 10th Hussars, and Prince George in naval uniform Mr Gladstone wore the uniform of an Elder Brother of Trinity House, with epaulettes the Duke of Westminster had a scarlet uniform, with the Order of the Garter the Duke of Argyll was in a kilt; Sir F. Leighton in Court dress Lord Randolph Churchill and the Marquis of Salisbury wearing the Ribbon and Order of the Garter, and Windsor uniform the Duke of Buccleuch in Lord-Lieutenant's uniform.

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