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 feet long.
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
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
of Sov Mil 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