October 13, 1928

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When: 13 October 1928

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Princess Mary (Princess Royal, daughter of George V and Queen Mary) chatting to a British Army officer in Belfast, Co. Antrim. She and her husband Viscount Lascelles paid a three day whirlwind visit to Belfast that included visits to Belfast Rope Works; Harland & Wolff; opening a hospital; State dinners; medal presentations; speeches to the British Legion's Women's section; and meeting Girl Guides and Boy Scouts.

p.s. can any Fashionistas among you please have a look at her hat. Is that a Coco Chanel brooch, or was 1928 too early for that?

Had appealed to architecture/Belfast buffs for any ideas on the building. Confirmation that this is indeed Belfast City Hall came from ccferrie.

Date: Saturday, 13 October 1928

NLI Ref.: IND_H_0982


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    artur sikora

    • 13/Oct/2011 10:26:20

    that's The Gentleman!

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    • 13/Oct/2011 11:12:42

    Chanel was a fashion house in 1928, but I doubt if anyone in those days wore trade marks as jewellery, especially princesses! They appear to be full circles anyway, not letter Cs. Nice try, heh.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Oct/2011 11:16:57

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hockadilly Oh, well! Just thought I'd throw it out there for discussion... ;)

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    • 13/Oct/2011 19:30:23

    I absolutely love the way you invite discussion on the photos! Makes them so interesting to look at ... I wouldn't have even noticed the brooch if you hadn't pointed it out.

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    Richard Eric

    • 13/Oct/2011 19:44:27

    Yes, I never before had made a connection between fashionistas and military insignia buffs. ;) The varieties of body language are also interesting, the Princess relaxed but aware of the camera, and the officer at some form of Attention, but also conversational, and relaxed.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Oct/2011 20:56:06

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hockadilly Thank you for the lovely compliment! I never cease to be amazed at what other people spot in the photos that I've completely missed - it's fun, isn't it?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Oct/2011 20:57:56

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] She must have been so used to cameras in her life, even in pre-Paparazzi days!

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    instinctive mind

    • 13/Oct/2011 23:38:13

    Nice photo & Place. The Princess & the Officer look very nice.

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    Sarah K Mc

    • 14/Oct/2011 09:13:52


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    • 14/Oct/2011 15:06:34

    Are they in the grounds of Belfast City Hall? Bearing in mind the statue on the right of the picture and the pillars on the building on the left? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_City_Hall

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Oct/2011 11:52:40

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I don't know. We have pictures of her definitely at Belfast City Hall inspecting girl guides, but she was in uniform then - unless there was a swift change of clothes before the inspection began...

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    enire photography

    • 22/Jan/2012 13:52:01

    how times have changed

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    • 22/Feb/2012 16:42:05

    It's definitely Belfast City Hall - here's the streetview g.co/maps/xe66s The decorative lamp post is still there but is a bit lost beside the newer railings and gate posts.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Feb/2012 21:04:17

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks a million, have added your streetview link into the description above...

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    • 15/Jun/2012 18:53:09

    Some wonderful images here. Thank you. I love these.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Jun/2012 19:23:29

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctor_rox You're very welcome!

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    • 28/Jun/2012 12:38:02

    The Princess Royal also visited the South where she and her husband stayed in Galway (Connemara?) in I think 1928 on holidays. To the surprise of many they received a warm welcome, travelling around by car. They also lunched with the Governor General and his wife in the Viceregal Lodge.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Jun/2012 20:29:34

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] You're dead right! Apparently they stayed in Portumna Castle, though it looked as if the castle bore the brunt of some unhappiness at their visit...

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    Filo Schira

    • 14/Aug/2012 20:08:07

    I love her coat!! even in black and white, no matter what the colour was in reality, it looks so elegant and sweet! :)

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    • 29/Jan/2013 06:21:37

    Interesting photo