Wedding dress of Princess Margaret

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Wedding dress of Princess Margaret
Wedding dress of Princess Margaret.jpg
Artist Norman Hartnell
Year 1960 (1960)
Type Silk organza wedding dress

The Wedding dress of Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, was worn at her wedding to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones on May 6 1960 at Westminster Abbey. The wedding dress was designed by Norman Hartnell, the favoured couturier of the royals and was made from silk organza, and a skirt made from some 30 metres of fabric. Hartnell specifically kept the adornments of the dress such as the crystal embellishments and beading to a minimum in order to suit Margaret's petite frame.[1] Vogue described the dress as "stunningly tailored", [2]although the dress has been said to be "a study in simplicity, the upper part consisting of light transparent silk".[3][4]In 1960, Life magazine named it "the simplest royal wedding gown in history", although it has been described as one of Hartnell's most beautiful and sophisticated pieces.[5][6]

The dress now belongs to the British Royal Collection and is part of a display of royal wedding dresses at Kensington Palace in London.[7]


  1. ^ "Royal weddings". Mandysroyalty. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Royal Rules". Vogue. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Bell, Lynne; Bousfield, Arthur; Toffoli, Garry (31 August 2007). Queen and consort: Elizabeth and Philip : 60 years of marriage. Dundurn Press Ltd. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-55002-725-9. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Warwick, Christopher (April 2002). Princess Margaret: A Life of Contrasts. André Deutsch. ISBN 978-0-233-05021-8. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Time Inc (16 May 1960). LIFE. Time Inc. p. 28. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Pick, Michael (2007). Be dazzled!: Norman Hartnell : sixty years of glamour and fashion. Pointed Leaf Press. p. 210. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Historic Royal Palaces feature, accessed July 12, 2011

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