The Wedding of the Earl and Countess Mountbatten

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The Wedding of the Earl and Countess Mountbatten

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 18 July 1922
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
Photographs Collection
NPG x32104

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  • Vandyk (active 1881-1947), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 662 portraits.

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Official wedding photograph of Lord Louis Mountbatten and Miss Edwina Ashley with their best man The Prince of Wales (later Duke of Windsor) taken after their wedding at St Margaret's, Westminster. The seven bridesmaids were (standing) Princess Margaret of Greece, Princess Theodora of Greece, (sitting left to right) Miss Mary Ashley (sister of the bride), Miss Joan Pakenham (cousin of the bride), Princess Sophia of Greece, Lady Mary Ashley-Cooper and Princess Cecilia of Greece. The bride's wore a low waisted wedding dress of silver tissue with round neck, mitten sleeves and trailing stole panels embroidered in crystal and diamanté with a four yard long train and tulle veil with headress of orange blossoms designed by Reville.

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  • NPG x193086: The Wedding of the Earl and Countess Mountbatten (after)

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The British Broadcasting Company (later British Broadcasting Corporation) is established to experiment with radio broadcasting. It is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, providing radio, television and Internet services to the public in Britain and across the world.

Art and science

1922 is a key year for modernist literature with the publication of James Joyce's novel, Ulysses and T.S. Eliot's poem, The Waste Land. Both broke new ground with Ulysses (loosely based on Homer's Odyssey) introducing the 'stream of consciousness' narrative technique, and The Waste Land experimenting with multiple voices and a patchwork of literary, historic, mythological and personal allusions.


The Soviet Union is formed under Joseph Stalin who takes power after Lenin suffers a debilitating stroke.
In an attempt to avoid civil war, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy invites Benito Mussolini to form a new government following the Fascist Party's March on Rome.

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