Queen Mother’s wedding dress on display at Glamis

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AS wedding fever grips the nation in preparation for this Friday’s marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Glamis Castle has announced another major attraction to the ancestral home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

With perfect timing the castle has announced The Queen has graciously given her permission for them to display the Queen Mother’s wedding dress at their ‘Historic Wedding Exhibition’ this summer.

The exhibition opens on the day of the Royal Wedding this Friday, however the Queen Mother’s dress will not arrive at Glamis from London with a dresser from the Royal collection until May 5 and will be fully on display on May 7.

It will be on display on a specially designed mannequin last used at an exhibition in Kensington Palace which is being restored for use at Glamis.

Two other important dresses will be on display from April 29. Mary Eleanor Bowes, and the dress of Betty Cator, one of the Queen Mother’s bridesmaids. Betty Cator subsequently married Michael Bowes Lyon, the Queen Mother’s elder brother.

The present Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, great nephew of the Queen Mother said he was “delighted that the Queen had agreed to his request to display her mother’s wedding dress at Glamis Castle as it has only been displayed once before and that was at Kensinton Palace in 2009.”

He added: “Indeed, this is the first time the dress will have been displayed in Scotland and it provides an exceptional opportunity for local, national and international visitors to see such a rare item in a place that meant so much to my Great Aunt”.

The Historic Wedding Exhibition will open on April 29 and remain until October.

Visitors to the castle on Friday will be able to watch the marriage ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on television screens placed throughout the castle.