Tradition has it that 200 years ago, a chimney Sweep saved the life of King George III by stopping his runaway horses and carriage (a yapping dog had startled the horses). The King was so thankful that he took off his hat and bowed to the humble chimney sweep in gratitude for him having saved the King's life.


Later, when the King’s youngest daughter was to be married, King George sent for the chimney sweep because he believed that the presence of this chimney sweep – perhaps any chimney sweep – would bring good luck and happiness to his daughter in her marriage.


Another established folklore is that a chimney sweep who, when he lost his footing, fell from a roof, was caught on the gutter and hanging by his foot when a young girl, whose hand was meant for another, passed by. She reached through the window, pulled him in, and thereby saved his life. They promptly fell in love and the two were later married.


Whichever story is true, thus the tradition was born, and it has now become customary for the lucky chimney sweep to be even more involved in the ceremony by asking him to kiss the bride and to shake the hand of the groom.The sweep is also meant to bring the warmth of the fire to that Special Day and of course the sweep is black, and black is lucky!


Today, seeing a chimney sweep on your wedding day is considered extremely lucky and many couples choose to have one of them attend their wedding for a handshake for the groom and a lucky kiss for the bride. In fact even the Royal Family have continued the tradition! When the Queen married Prince Philip, a chimney sweep was ushered into Buckingham Palace and the Prince was seen to shake his hand, although it is not known whether the chimney sweep actually did kiss the Queen.


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