Nicholas Mosley's parents, Cynthia Curzon and Oswald Mosley, were married in the Chapel Royal, St James's on 11 May 1920: 'Cimmie's wedding dress had a design of green leaves in it, in defiance of a superstition that green at a wedding was unlucky: there was also a superstition that it was unlucky to be married in May. Cimmie herself chose the music: during the handing-over of the ring the Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde was played; though the organist, a newspaper reported, did his best to make it inaudible.' She was 21 and sometimes described as 'wild'; her father, Lord Curzon, former Viceroy of India, fearing what he called her 'bolshevick' tendencies, was relieved that she had chosen a reasonably promising young man whose family he knew. Mosley, Robert Cecil reported to Curzon, was 'not in the first flight' but had 'a good future before him'. He was two years older than Cimmie; very dashing (though Curzon at once remarked on his 'rather Jewish appearance'), and the youngest MP in the House. He was then a Tory. Cimmie had wanted a small, quiet wedding, but the King and Queen were present, as were the King and Queen of the Belgians, who were flown across the Channel in two two-seater aeroplanes for the occasion. The marriage lasted 13 years and there were three children - Nicholas was the eldest son. In May 1933 Cimmie died. A memorial service was held at St Margaret's, Westminster, where, once again, the Liebestod was played.
LRB 4 November 1982 | PDF Download