25. To the bride of course, the wedding gown was of prime importance. Unusually for royal brides, what "unlucky" colour did Elizabeth have incorporated into her gown?
From Quiz Elizabeth and Bertie
Elizabeth's wedding dress was designed by Madame Handley Seymour, a court dressmaker to Queen Mary. The material was an ivory chiffon moire that was embroidered over with pearls and silver threads, and the style was very modern indeed - 1920s in fact. No, no before you gasp, it wasn't a knee high flapper's gown. It reached to the floor, but in the straight simple lines of the time, topped by a square neckline. Elizabeth's normal style was soft, feminine, frilly and delicately laced. Her bridal gown would have looked stunning on a tall willowy bride with definite hips and bust, but she was diminutive indeed and the dress just didn't suit her.
Around the waist of the gown, such as it was, she wore a girdle of silver leaf on a background a spring green tulle. This trailed delicately to the ground, and was fastened with a thistle of silver and rose. The dress itself was exquisite, as was the matching veil. It was just the wrong dress for that particularly lovely bride. It lacked all shape completely and made her look like a tiny regal stick.