|Volume 1, page 31, sitting number 1421.
Another pose from the same sitting.
Despite her influence among the Central European principalities, it still took Queen Victoria almost a decade to find a suitable match for her generously proportioned cousin, and she was nearly forced to concede to her Foreign Secretary, Lord Clarendon, that 'no German Prince will venture so vast an undertaking.' In the end, at the age of thirty, Mary married the impecunious Prince of Teck.
Having finally entered the state of matrimony, the Princess lived well beyond her means, amounting huge debts in her new-found role as a hostess of London society. She was eventually persuaded to economise and, with that end in mind, in 1883, she and her husband and their four children went to live in Florence, where they proceeded to live in almost as opulent a style as that which they had enjoyed in London.
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