The engagement between Mary, Princess Royal, and Henry, Viscount Lascelles, was announced on 20 November 1921, although it rather took the establishment by surprise as there had been much speculation Mary was about to announce her engagement to Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, Lord Dalkeith. Rumour has it Mary wanted to marry Dalkeith but her parents had deemed him unsuitable as he wasn’t particularly wealthy.
The wedding took place on 28 February 1922 and it was the first royal wedding to take place in Westminster Abbey since 1269. The venue was chosen as this was the first major state event since the Armistice, and it is was being designed to give the nation a morale boost.
True to the fashion of the time, Mary wore a low-waisted flapper-style dress made from silver cloth which had been purchased by her mother in India. The silver cloth was embellished with pearl, diamond and silver bullion embroidery. The ivory silk train was embroidered with silver thread and diamonds, including silver lotus blossoms from Delhi, and was trimmed with Honiton lace. The long veil was made of Alencon tulle bordered with seed pearls.