Princess Margaret of Connaught was the eldest daughter of Arthur, Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria, and Louise Margaret of Prussia. Regarded as one of Europe’s most eligible brides, Margaret met Gustaf Adolf of Sweden while on a trip to Cairo, however the meeting had actually been arranged for the purpose of introducing Gustaf Adolf to her sister, Patricia. As it turned out, it was Gustaf Adolf and Margaret who fell in love and he proposed at a dinner held by Lord Cromer at the British Consulate in Egypt.
The wedding took place on 15 June 1905 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, London. Although the bride received plenty of jewels as wedding gifts, she kept things simple and only wore pearls with her white satin wedding dress which was adorned with Irish lace, and garlands of orange blossom and myrtles. The Carrickmacross lace veil, a gift from the ladies of Ireland, was held in place with a wreath made of the same flowers, which also featured in her bouquet.
Many of the gifts Margaret received for her wedding have since become heirlooms, including the Connaught and Khedive tiaras and the Irish lace veil which has subsequently been worn by her female descendants.
Margaret also brought a sprig of a myrtle from the plant belonging to her grandmother, Queen Victoria, which she planted in her gardens at Sofiero Palace. A sprig from this plant was taken to Denmark by Margaret’s daughter, Ingrid, and the myrtle is now traditionally included in Swedish and Danish royal bouquets.