As I am sure everyone knows there has been a discussion on the RJWMB about the jewels Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent wore on her wedding day.
RJWMB link http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/thread/1546477072.html
I have thought all day as to whether I should post about my ideas and the information I have. Normally, I would not "butt in" on a discussion on another board, but I know everyone reads both and perhaps the material I have may provide a solution.
I think that Nellie is on the right track and that some photos of Princess Marina in her wedding dress were taken on different days.
Of the major media outlets of the 1930s (which are available on the net at this time) only 3 seem to have posted the images of Princess Marina without the earrings and brooch, which she definitely wore on her wedding day. They were the Sphere the Bystander and the Tatler . At the time all were weekly or bi-weekly publications.
I think it might be best if I started with photos known to have been taken of Princess Marina on her wedding day
They show that she wore her mother's diamond fringe tiara, a pair of drop diamond earrings and a large diamond brooch pinned to the centre of her gown.
Princess Marina alighting from the carriage to enter Westminster Abbey. The caption from the Sphere 8 December 1934 is clear about this.
It can be seen that the Princess is wearing her mother's tiara and the earrings. But, because it was 29 November and cold, she was wearing a fur stole and the front of her dress with the brooch cannot be seen.
The official wedding photos show that Princess Marina wore a large brooch pinned to the centre of her dress at the neckline.
These photos are known to have been taken on the wedding day
Image showing brooch
Detail from image above
I believe that the brooch Princess Marina wore on her wedding day is the one Leslie Field wrote about. In 2016 I did a post on this and thought that Leslie Field was mistaken. Now I believe she was correct, and that Princess Marina wore it on her wedding gown as well as on her hat for her going away outfit. http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/msg/1480560667.html
In 2016 I hadn't found the photos which show that this is the brooch L Field wrote about. The photos I had found gave a distorted impression of the jewel.
Now for what I think proves Nellie's idea -- that there were photos taken on two separate days -- is correct.
3 media outlets I have seen showed various versions of images from a different photo session where Princess Marina was wearing the same wedding dress, veil, tiara and necklace but without the brooch or earrings. In addition, the placement of the family order is different in this set of images.
Sphere 1 December 1934
None of the newspapers/magazines actually says the photos were taken on the wedding day, and the wording of the caption in the Sphere is interesting.
Sphere 1 December 1934
Considering the known differences between what was worn on the wedding day and this set of photos I found the caption's second sentence very revealing. It suggests to me that Princess Marina posed for photos some days before the wedding so that the weekly publications would be able to print images rather than having to wait an extra 5 to 7 days to publish photos. Perhaps I am mistaken. At any rate, for what ever reason, the photos were not taken after the wedding day but before it. Perhaps when the photos were taken Princess Marina had not received the large brooch from Queen Mary or the earrings from whomever she received them.
I should have noted a crucial date earlier -- the wedding day was 29 November 1934. The weekly and bi-weekly magazines had photos from the last set in their publications on 1 December and 5 December. After that they published the photos from the wedding day.