Washington, D.C. – The great tapestried ballroom in the home of Mrs. William F. Draper of Hopedale,
Mass, and Washington has been turned into a Catholic chapel for the wedding of Miss Margaret
Preston Draper, her daughter, and Prince Andrea Boncompagni of Rome at noon tomorrow.
American Beauty roses, white chrysanthemums, and quantities of the rarest ferns carry out the colors
of Italy in the ballroom and drawing rooms, but the altar- which has been brought in from St. Patrick’s
Church- before which the bride will stand, will show between a drapery or blanket of white roses 15
A throne has been erected and draped with cardinal red, from which Cardinal Gibbons will perform
the marriage ceremony, while a special altar will serve for the Rev. Fr. Russell, who will celebrate a
low nuptial mass. Especial arrangements have also been made for the large group of prominent
Catholic clergymen who will lend dignity to the event.
An organ has also been placed behind a lattice work of flowers in one corner of the ballroom, and will
furnish the only music for the occasion. Thousands of American Beauty roses and white
chrysanthemums have been used with green ferns to form the Italian colors, and there will also be
hundreds of the rarest orchids placed to good advantage in the drawing rooms and dining room.
The wedding breakfast will be served tomorrow with the cardinal and other churchmen, the Italian
Ambassador and Countess Macchi de Cellere, the Russian Ambassador and Mme. Bakhmeteff, and
members of the bridal party at the bride’s table, for which Mrs. Draper’s chef will provide the dainties.
The guests will be served from the famous gold service presented to Miss Draper’s maternal
grandmother, while her grandfather, Gen. William Preston of Kentucky was minister to Spain, and
which was later used in Rome while the late Gen. Draper, the bride’s father, was ambassador to Italy,
and from which many of the royalty of Europe and notable folk of this and the old world have dined.
Miss Draper wore tonight at the prenuptial dinner given by her mother, the diamond coronet which
was presented by Prince Boncompagni as a wedding present. It arrived from Italy by special carrier a
few days ago, quite unexpected by the bride. With it she wore a rich gown of velvet from the Lyons
looms of 50 years ago, and the pearl necklace of a single short strand, presented to her by her father
the year she was presented at court in London.
Mrs. Draper’s guests at dinner tonight, besides her daughter and Prince Boncompagni, were the
Italian Ambassador and his wife, the Russian ambassador and his wife, the chief justice of the
Supreme Court and Mrs. Edward Douglas White, who on Sunday served as proxy god-parents for the
parents of the bridegroom at the baptism of Miss Draper at St. Patrick’s Church; Fr. Russell, who
officiated on that occasion; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Curtis of Boston; Mr. and Mrs. Dana Osgood of
Hopedale, Mass.; Miss Clover, who is to serve as maid of honor; the Misses Blair, who will be maids;
Mr. Brambilla, the best man for the prince, and others to the number of 30. The Boston Herald,
October 25, 1916.
Order of Malta, b at Rome, 3 Feb. 1884; d at Montreaux, 10 Dec.1948, m 1stly at Washington,
25 Oct. 1916 (m anulled 8 Jan. and 25 Jan. 1924), Margaret Preston Draper, b at Boston, 18
March 1891; m 2ndly at Abbazia, 4 Dec. 1924 Blancheflor de Bildt, of the Barons of Bildt, b at
Siena, 1 Sept. 1891 d at Rome, 9 June 1972
Thanks to Peter Metzke of Melbourne, Australia for sending the paragraph above.. Peter also
sent an interesting page from the New York Times on the current prince and princess.
|Set Up Chapel for Wedding of Miss Draper
Great Ballroom of Washington Residence Transformed for
Marriage of Massachusetts Girl to Italian Prince
Cardinal Gibbons Will Perform Ceremony
Mrs. Draper Gives Pre-nuptial Dinner