Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married on Saturday 19th May, 2018 and became the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
We were thrilled to see our Green Drawing Room fabric provide a fitting backdrop to the official Royal wedding portraits, taken by Vogue photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle. The Green Drawing Room fitted the spring theme perfectly, with spectacular flower arrangements by Philippa Craddock that included branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, and white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Park. Both the Queen and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland also wore shades of green ranging from lime to pistachio, with the Duchess of Cambridge wearing light primrose.
Image copyright of Alexi Lubomirski
The Green Drawing Room is a long room with an impressive bay window that forms part of the Semi-State Rooms, which were created for George IV and are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle. Unfortunately the Semi-State Rooms were severely damaged by the fire of 1992, although, by chance, their contents had been moved elsewhere at the time. They were completely restored to their 19th-century appearance using the original designs supplied to George IV.
Detail of the central motif of the George and Mary Damask, from the Humphries Weaving Showroom
Humphries Weaving were commissioned to weave a deep green, pure silk damask (woven wide width) for the Green Drawing Room fabric restoration which used the ‘George and Mary Damask’ design. The fabric can be seen in wall panels and on the furniture suite, it was also used in the restoration of the window drapes. Twenty-six years on the damask still provides a warmth and richness to this much used and photographed room.