Making a rare appearance, the wedding dress worn by Jane (inset above), the late Duchess of Buccleuch, is to go on show to the public.
The dress, made from French white lace with silver embroidery and designed by fashion icon and the queen’s official dressmaker for 40 years, Hardy Amies, was last in the public arena when the Duchess was married at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on January 10 1953.
The dress will be the star attraction among a selection of historic dresses and clothing items from the Buccleuch wardrobe. They include a dress that belonged to Lady Mary Coke, dresses from the 19th century, babies clothes from the Victorian era and a selection of hats and gloves.
They will be available for viewing through the long weekend and then by invitation only.
“This an exceptionally rare chance to see the wedding dress up close and will be on view only over the long jubilee weekend. Thereafter access will be by special arrangement,” said Helen Currie, House and Events Manager at Bowhill, above right making the final adjustments to the exhibition.
Bowhill’s right royal weekend takes place from Saturday (June 2) to Tuesday (June 5) and also features a Princess and Frog trail and crown making.*
*Booking required (£1 additional charge) on Saturday and Sunday only.
The house and estate opening time for the 2012 season are as follows:-
Weekends and Bank Holidays in June – 11am-4pm. House tours 1pm and 2.30pm. House closed 16/17 June.
Daily from June 27 – August 31 – House tours every half hour from 1pm to 3-30pm. There is an extended house tour at 11.30am.