100 years ago Louth had a royal wedding

A QUARTER of the world’s population watched last week’s royal wedding, but just over 100 years ago Louth had it’s own super wedding.

A QUARTER of the world’s population watched last week’s royal wedding, but just over 100 years ago Louth had it’s own super wedding.

Journalists and cameramen came from all over Ireland, Britain and America to record the wedding of Augusta Bellingham of Castlebellingham and the 4th Marquis of Bute. And a film has turned up which records the occasion and includes some relatives of local families still living in the area.

It is the oldest known wedding film in the world and had disappeared for nearly 100 years.

It was the royal wedding of its day, one of the biggest events to take place since the death of Queen Victoria four years earlier in 1901.

Augusta Bellingham of Castlebellingham was a bit like Kate Middleton. She was 25, outgoing, and beautiful, and loved by all. And she was marrying the most eligible bachelor around.

A few years ago, a film of the wedding was unearthed at Mount Stuart which became Augusta’s home on the Isle of Bute.

The nitrate film was found in an attic store and was so badly decomposing it took three years to restore.

But miraculously it was restored. It is probably the oldest film of a wedding in the entire world.

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