Princess Margaret’s daughter-in-law’s wedding dress was a ‘near-replica’ – expert explains why

Serena Stanhope, 52, married Princess Margaret’s only son, David Armstrong Jones, on October 8, 1993. The couple went on to have two children, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones. But what did her wedding dress look like?

Daena Borrowman, Marketing Manager at jewelry box spoke to about Princess Margaret’s wedding dress and how her new daughter-in-law was inspired by it.

She said: “Princess Margaret has truly been a maverick all her life and her wedding day was no different.

“Although she looked like the iconic English rose the world saw her, she stayed true to herself by adding her own unconventional twist to the details of her special day.

“Princess Margaret’s wedding dress has become one of the most iconic royal wedding dresses due to its classic timelessness.

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“Serena wore a close replica of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress at her wedding – a testament to the timeless style of the fashion-forward princess, more than three decades later.”

David, Viscount Linley, is the son of the late Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon.

He married Serena Stanhope, the then Viscount Petersham’s daughter, after meeting her when his furniture company was commissioned to design a dining room table for his father.

Serena asked Bruce Robbins to design her wedding dress as a tribute to her new mother-in-law.


“Her Norman Hartnell silk organza long-sleeved dress featured a voluminous skirt made from over 30 yards of fabric.

“A v-neck and a snug bodice and waist ensured the dress didn’t overwhelm the 5’1 princess figure.

“On the contrary, its refreshing and contemporary simplicity has amazed everyone.

“So much so that it inspired Princess Margaret’s daughter-in-law, Serena Stanhope, to pay the sweetest tribute to the Princess at her wedding to Princess Margaret’s son.

The two shared a long-sleeved, v-neck top, fitted waist and full skirt.

However, Serena’s dress used a two-piece approach: the oyster satin coat had a waist slit that came back to a bow on top of the skirt.

Switching to tulle for the voluminous skirt gave a textural contrast.

The train on the tulle skirt was about two meters long.

The cost would have been around £7,150 at the time.

That would be around £13,000 in today’s money.

The bride’s large bun, styled by Nicky Clarke, was again reminiscent of the bouffant sported by Princess Margaret.

Instead of the Poltimore tiara that Margaret wore, however, the new Viscountess Linley borrowed the lotus flower tiara from her mother-in-law.

This was paired with a simple tulle veil.

In February 2020, she and the Earl of Snowdon separated and a spokesperson confirmed they would be divorcing.

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