As you might remember, while we were in New York in November I went through the Dowager Duchess’s photo albums and digitized more of the memorable photos.
In my parents’ wedding photo (which we have framed at home), The Duchess is wearing a [scandalous] dusty rose dress. It wasn’t really scandalous; I just like getting a rise out of My-Mother-The-Duchess. Like when I told the story of how she and her friend Harriet picked up a couple of sailors. (Click here for that story.) I can hear her as she reads this, “Mitchell!”
My parents were married October 1947 while my father was home on leave from the Army (after he “re-upped”). So, there was no big wedding. Otherwise, The Duchess would have had the traditional white gown. The Royal Consort (my father) would have been in a tux.
|WITH THE SHOES AND THE FEATHER, MY MOTHER ADDED 9 INCHES TO HER HEIGHT.
(MY FATHER ADDED 3 INCHES TO HIS … WITH THAT POMPADOUR.)
The always chic Duchess had a “fascinator” custom-made (think the British Royal Wedding, but not the British Royal Cousins) that included a dusty rose feather. (A “fascinator” is called a “tocado” here in Spain.)
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To my delight, the Duchess still had the feather taped inside her wedding album. Its not the rich dusty rose it once was. And it’s clearly lost it’s “oomph,” being flattened inside the book these 66 years. But it’s now scanned for posterity. I sure am glad she didn’t try to save a slice of wedding cake. Although, if she had, I would have scanned that, too.