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    Queen Mother - Wedding of the Duke of York to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in April 1923

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    George V and family on his second son's wedding day.

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    Duke of York, his mother (Queen Mary), his father (King George V), his brothers and sister at his wedding to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in April 1923.

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