One of the most stylish royal couples, Viscount and Viscountess Linley, celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary today! When David Armstrong-Jones married the Hon. Serena Stanhope on October 8, 1993, Serena surprised everyone by paying homage to her mother-in-law’s style; she based her wedding dress on the famous wedding dress worn by Princess Margaret in May 1960.
Today, this Bruce Robbins designed dress might seem a dated explosion of tulle and an awfully formal and stiff dress for a 23 year old bride. In 1993 however, I remember thinking it was amazing- simultaneously classic and modern (especially the folded bow at the back), and incredibly striking
Serena topped the tulle and satin dress with the Papyrus Motive Tiara borrowed from Princess Margaret (a full history on this tiara can be read here). The delicate shape of this tiara was perfect for the delicately featured Serena and I still adore it on her (although the hair piece is a little much!)
As was popular at the time, the couple changed before departing the wedding reception, the bride donning an oversize silver straw stovepipe hat with double peaked crown and gently sidesweeping brim by Philip Treacy. It’s a hat very much of the time that aged considerably less well than Serena’s bridal gown.
Coverage of the hats that were worn by guests to this wedding can be seen in this post.