THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN MARY [MARY (of Teck, 1867-1953, Queen of George V), GEORGE VI (1895-1952, King of Great Britain), ELIZABETH (The Queen Mother, 1900-2002, his Queen) & their daughters ELIZABETH (b. 1926, Queen of Great Britain) & MARGARET (Rose, 1930-2002, Princess, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II, Countess of Snowdon), Louis MOUNTBATTEN (of Burma, 1900-1979, Admiral of the Fleet) & his wife The Hon. EDWINA (1901-1960, Countess, Chairman of the Red Cross), Prince PHILIP ((Duke of Edinburgh, b. 1921, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain), HENRY (Duke of Gloucester, 1900-1974, Officer in the 10th Hussars, Marshal of the RAF, Governor General of Australia, Uncle of Elizabeth II), his wife ALICE CHRISTABEL SCOTT(1901-2004, Duchess of Gloucester), Princess ALICE (of Athlone, 1883-1981, Daughter of Leopold, Duke of Albany, Grand-daughter of Queen Victoria) and her husband ALEXANDER of Athlone (Prince Alexander of Teck, 1874-1957, Queen Mary's Brother, Governor General of Canada, husband of Princess Alice, from 1917 Earl of), Princess VICTORIA ALBERTA (1863-1950, later Marchioness of Milford Haven and mother of Earl Mountbatten, eldest daughter of Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and By Rhine, and of Princess Alice, daughter of Queen Victoria) and Princess MARINA (Duchess of Kent, 1906-1968, Princess of Greece) with many other members of the Royal Family]

Magnificent unsigned Group photo by Dorothy Wilding with her studio label on the verso showing her half length, seated in the centre of the family group, the King and Queen are either side of her with the Princess and other members of the family sitting and standing around her with several children on the floor, 14½" x 8½" in mount 19" x 18", no place but Buckingham Palace, 26th May

Dorothy WILDING(1893-1976) was a noted English society photographer from Gloucester.
The Royal House Artillery fired a salute in Hyde Park at noon and Queen Mary joined 31 members of the Royal family to celebrate her birthday with a luncheon.
Princess Victoria Marchioness of Milford Haven was Prince Philip's grandmother and sister of the last Empress of Russia, she was also a childhood friend of Queen Mary and a HRH at birth unlike Queen Mary.
On the floor in front of the group are four children who are the Princes William and Richard of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra of Kent. There are also two Victorian Princesses seated near to Margaret in the group, HELENA VICTORIA (1870-1948, Princess of Schleswig Holstein, daughter of Prince & Princess Christian, granddaughter of Queen Victoria) and MARIE LOUISE (1872-1956, Princess, Lady President of the Order of Mercy, Daughter of Princess Helena and Prince Christian of Schleswig Holstein, Grand-daughter of Queen Victoria).


Item Date:  1947

Stock No:  40686      £750

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