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Queen Victoria’s dress was of rich white satin, trimmed with orange flower blossoms. The headdress was a wreath of orange flower blossoms, and over this a beautiful veil of Honiton lace, worn down.

February 10, 1840 Queen Victoria married Albert, Prince Consort. Already Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Albert was Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and later The Prince Consort; Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel.

They were married at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s.  Queen Victoria’s wedding day was inauspicious, a heavy rain falling; but immense multitudes assembled to gaze upon the processions.

At daybreak crowds of anxious and loyal subjects were seen hastening from all parts of the city in the direction of the royal palaces and the whole city exhibited the most extensive preparations for the proper celebration of Queen Victoria’s wedding. In St. James’s Park, the area in front of Buckingham Palace, and the avenue leading from thence to the garden entrance of St. James’s was densely thronged before eight o’clock, and the rain which fell after that time caused no sensible diminution of the crowds, for as fast as the endeavor of one body of the eager visitors gave way their places were filled by the fresh numbers which were every minute arriving.

Queen Victoria’s dress was of rich white satin, trimmed with orange flower blossoms. The headdress was a wreath of orange flower blossoms, and over this a beautiful veil of Honiton lace, worn down. The bridesmaids or train-bearers were also attired in white. The cost of the lace alone on the dress was £1,000. The satin, which was of a pure white, was manufactured in Spitalfields. Queen Victoria wore an armlet having the motto of the Order of the Garter: “Honi soit qui mal y pense,” inscribed. She also wore the star of the Order.

There’s a rather impressivly long article here, but those are the highlights!

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4 Comments

  1. Beautiful post. I couldn’t turn the wedding off either. Such beautiful happenings. Wishing them the best in their lives together. I am sure Diana is smiling down on them and so proud of her sons.

  2. Great post, Isabel! Queen Victoria had such an influence on American customs during this period. I think a lot of women began to follow her trend by wearing white wedding gowns, instead of their best dress.

  3. jeanmarie39 says:

    Enjoyed your post, especially after watching the wedding yesterday and seeing the throngs of people. Amazing.
    I was happy to see that William takes after his mother in so many good ways. He reminded me of her when he looked down at Catherine and said something to her during the wedding. The same expression as his mother. 🙂

  4. Mary Ann Webber says:

    Thank you for this lovely post. I’ve enjoyed all the wedding hoopla more than I will admit. Reading this article took me back to the movie, The Young Victoria.
    Fergie did an amazing job of orchestrating that beautiful production. It was sad to me that she was kept in the closet with the other royal skeletons – and I HATE when all the talking heads put down her daughters’ wedding attire. I’m sure those girls have a difficult life already..

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