Old Images of Mayfair, London

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Glimpse the past through old images of Mayfair, in London.

Mayfair Wedding 1949

In 1949, the King’s nephew, George Lascelles, the Earl of Harewood, got married to Marion Stein at St James’s Palace. Thousands of people gathered to see them, some waiting overnight.

His mother, the Princess Royal, also appears in the newsreel, as do the prestigious guests, the King and Queen of England. Along with Princess Margarat, they had travelled through the night from Scotland to attend the wedding.

Marion Stein was born in Vienna, and the schoolgirls of Jewish descent was brought to England in 1938 as a schoolgirl, the year before World War II broke out.

We see her tall mother, Sophie Bachmann who was a clergyman’s daughter, and her short father, the musician Erwin Stein.

Stepping out of her home in Kensington, she’s about to become 11th in line to the throne of England. Their honeymoon will take in Paris, Rome, and Capri.

Unfortunately after three sons George started a new family and Marion eventually divorced him, going on to marry Jeremy Thorpe. And that’s a whole new story.

A Royal Wedding In Mayfair (1949) – British Pathé on YouTube