All the World Loves a Lover: Monarchy, Mass Media and the 1934 Royal Wedding of Prince George and Princess Marina

Owens, Edward (2018) All the World Loves a Lover: Monarchy, Mass Media and the 1934 Royal Wedding of Prince George and Princess Marina. The English Historical Review, 133 (562). pp. 597-633. ISSN 0013-8266

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This article examines the little-known 1934 royal wedding of Prince George – duke of Kent and youngest surviving son of George V – to the famously glamorous Princess Marina of Greece to argue that the British media projected this event on a scale, and in ways, never seen before. More than on any previous occasion it was a royal event driven by publicity, intimacy, and a coterie of courtiers, clerics, and newsmen who were committed to elevating a ‘family monarchy’ as the emotional centre-point of national life. I suggest that this celebration of royal domesticity engendered popular support for the House of Windsor in a period characterized by political turbulence at home and abroad. In this vein, I argue that social elites orchestrated royal family events as mass mediated nation-building exercises designed to create loyal subjects to the crown, and that new technologies transformed how media audiences and royalty interacted with one another.

Keywords:Monarchy, Royal ceremonies, Royal power, House of Windsor, mass media, Newspapers, celebrity journalism, Newsreels, Radio & television studios, BBC, love, Church of England
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:27 Feb 2018 08:30

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