What the Luton News hailed as one of the most interesting of Society events took place on July 20th, 1917, with the wedding of Major Harold Augustus Wernher, second son of the late Sir Julius Wernher and Lady Wernher, of Luton Hoo, and Countess Anastasia (Zia) de Torby, elder daughter of the Grand Duke Michael Michailovitch of Russia and the Countess de Torby.
The marriage was celebrated first at the Chapel of the Russian Embassy in Welbeck Street, London. in conformity with the rites of the Orthodox Russian Church, to which the bride belonged, and later for an Anglican ceremony at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace attended by the King and Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Pictured are best man Major Reggie Badger, Princess Nina of Russia, Major Harold Wernher, Countess Zia de Torby and Princess Xenia of Russia (picture: London Illustrated News).
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