Tatler celebrates the wealthy bridesmaids who graced the magazine

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From royalty to the daughters of dukes, a Tatler cover story has long been a coveted trophy for the brides who tie the knot.

The British magazine has celebrated more than 100 years of blue-blooded brides-to-be in a stunning new gallery of covers dating back to 1916.

Among the wedding bells on display are Nancy Mitford, whose book The Pursuit of Love was recently adapted into a BBC drama, and Princess Marina of Greece, who married the Duke of Kent, son of George V and Queen Mary.

Both Princess Marina and her sister-in-law, Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott, completed their outfits with the most dazzling bridal accessory of all – a glittering diamond tiara borrowed from the family vault.

Here, FEMAIL tells the stories of some of the beauties of society who have revered Tatler over the years…

LORD AND LADY GRANBY, 1916

Close connections: John Henry Montagu Manners, Marquess of Granby, heir to Belvoir Castle and future Duke of Rutland, with his bride, Kathleen Tennant, of the distinguished Scottish family

A century before the current Duke and Duchess of Rutland moved their dynamic brood of children to The Crown’s Belvoir Castle – which included Tatler regulars the Manners sisters – Leicestershire’s land staple was home to John Henry Montagu Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland , and his wife Kathleen (née Tennant).

The dashing young couple was photographed at their wedding in 1916, after their wedding at St Margaret’s, in Westminster.

The groom, then called the Marquess of Granby, was the only son of the 8th Duke of Rutland and his wife, Violet, who gives her name to one of Manners’ youngest generation of siblings.

The bride, who at the wedding became Lady Granby and later the Duchess of Rutland, was the daughter of Francis Tennant, of the distinguished Scottish family.

His brother was Lord Glenconner and his sister was Margot Asquith, wife of Prime Minister HH Asquith.

The pair became close friends with Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.

NANCY MITFORD, 1933

'Extremely intelligent and an entertaining conversationalist': Tatler made his statement about soon-to-be Nancy Mitford on news of her 1933 engagement to Peter Rodd

‘Extremely intelligent and an entertaining conversationalist’: Tatler made his statement about soon-to-be Nancy Mitford on news of her 1933 engagement to Peter Rodd

Author Nancy Mitford, eldest daughter of Lord and Lady Redesdale, was photographed in 1933 during her engagement to Peter Rodd, son of politician and diplomat Sir Rennell Rodd.

The engagement was the second for Nancy, who had already made a five-year promise to a man who was gay.

By the time Peter proposed to her, Nancy had already started her writing career.

Her first novel, Highland Fling, was published in 1931, but this and the next three that followed did not sell well.

Her luck changed with the huge success of The Pursuit Of Love in 1945, which gave her the means to move to Paris, where she decorated a small apartment beautifully.

This coincided with her divorce from Peter when he returned from World War II. The couple formally divorced in 1957. Peter died in 1968.

DUCHESSE OF KENT (PRINESS MARINA OF GREECE), 1934

Royal Ties: Princess Marina of Greece became the Duchess of Kent after her marriage to Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934. She was the aunt of the Queen and the mother of Prince Michael of Kent

Royal Ties: Princess Marina of Greece became the Duchess of Kent after her marriage to Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934. She was the aunt of the Queen and the mother of Prince Michael of Kent

Princess Marina of Greece became the Duchess of Kent after her marriage to Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934.

Prince George was the fourth son of George V and Queen Mary, and the younger brother of Edward VIII and King George VI. This made Princess Marina the current aunt of the Queen.

The Duchess of Kent made headlines by being the first royal bride to wear a ‘sleek’ wedding dress. The dress, designed by Captain Edward Molyneux, has been swept from the shoulders in a curve to the train at the back of the dress.

The waist was eliminated as it would have interrupted the curve, with the high draped neckline and long, flared sleeves with silver lame cuffs enhancing the effect.

She completed the look with a tiara now called the Kent City of London Fringe tiara, which was gifted to the Duchess by the City of London on the occasion of her wedding.

The tiara, designed in a Russian fringe style, remains in the family and was worn by her daughter-in-law, Princess Michael of Kent, and her granddaughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, on their wedding days.

PRINCESS ALICE, DUCHESSE OF GLOUCESTER, 1935

Dazzling: The grandly named Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott married Prince Henry, third son of King George V and Queen Mary, in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace in 1935.  Lady Alice was the daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch, Scotland's greatest landowner

Dazzling: The grandly named Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott married Prince Henry, third son of King George V and Queen Mary, in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace in 1935. Lady Alice was the daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch, Scotland’s greatest landowner

The grandly named Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott married Prince Henry, the third son of King George V and Queen Mary, in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace in 1935.

The daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch, Scotland’s largest landowner, Lady Alice was extremely well traveled, spending time in France, India and Kenya before returning to the UK to marry Prince Henry.

The couple had originally planned a lavish service at Westminster Abbey, but withdrew their plans out of respect for the recently deceased Duke of Buccleauch and George V’s ill health.

Her husband’s nieces, the young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, served as bridesmaids.

The couple had two sons, Prince William and Prince Richard, and remained married until the death of the Duke of Gloucester in 1974.

THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP, 1947

One for the history books: the then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day at Westminster Abbey in 1947. Also depicted are the Queen's bridesmaids and page boys

One for the history books: the then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day at Westminster Abbey in 1947. Also depicted are the Queen’s bridesmaids and page boys

The most famous bride to grace the cover of Tatler is the Queen and then Princess Elizabeth, who married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in 1947.

Tatler didn’t have a separate shoot with Her Majesty and instead used a photo taken of the newlyweds in the moments after they exchanged their vows.

Also pictured are the bridesmaids, Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten, The Hon. Margaret Elpinstone and Diana Bowes Lyon.

The ceremony was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the world.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November 2020. Prince Philip died in April 2021 at the age of 99.

PRINCESS MARGARET, 1960

In her sister's footsteps: On the occasion of the wedding of Princess Margaret and Tony Armstrong-Jones, the future Earl of Snowdon, Tatler used a portrait of Pietro Annigoni

In her sister’s footsteps: On the occasion of the wedding of Princess Margaret and Tony Armstrong-Jones, the future Earl of Snowdon, Tatler used a portrait of Pietro Annigoni

On the occasion of the wedding of Princess Margaret and Tony Armstrong-Jones, the future Earl of Snowdon, Tatler used a portrait of Pietro Annigoni, painted for her between 1957 and 1958.

The couple married at Westminster Abbey. It was the first royal wedding to be televised with an estimated 300 million viewers.

The glamorous couple were joined by friends, family and visiting dignitaries for the service.

Margaret and Lord Snowdon welcomed two children, David Armstrong-Jones, now known as David Linley, and Sarah Chatto, before splitting up in 1976.

The couple divorced in 1978. It was the first divorce by a high-ranking member of the royal family since that of Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse in 1901.

Lord Snowdon remarried Lucy Lindsay-Hogg the same year the divorce was finalized. He died in 2017, at the age of 86. Princess Margaret, who never remarried, died in 2002.

PRINCESS ALEXANDRA VAN KENT AND ANGUS OGILVY, 1963

Family Tradition: Princess Alexandra of Kent was chosen for the Tatler cover at her wedding to the Hon.  Angus Ogilvy in 1963. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, was also a Tatler bride

Family Tradition: Princess Alexandra of Kent was chosen for the Tatler cover at her wedding to the Hon. Angus Ogilvy in 1963. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, was also a Tatler bride

Following in the footsteps of her mother, the Duchess of Kent, Princess Alexandra of Kent was chosen for the cover of Tatler on the occasion of her wedding to the Hon. Angus Ogilvy in 1963.

Unlike her mother, who had appeared in her wedding dress and tiara, Princess Alexandra was dressed in a pink satin blouse with her hair up in an elegant updo.

Angus Ogilvy, whose father was a lady-in-waiting to George V and Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth, gazes fondly at his new bride.

The couple married at Westminster Abbey in a service attended by the Royal Family and broadcast on television.

Ogilvy was offered an earldom by the Queen, but declined. He also turned down the grace-and-favour apartment offer and instead chose to rent the Thatched House Lodge in Richmond from the Crown Estate.

Ogilvy died in 2004, aged 76. Princess Alexandra remains a working member of the Royal Family and continues to live at Thatched House Lodge.

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