HM Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and HRH Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
February 10, 1840
London, United Kingdom
Most of the wedding gowns we highlight here feature shades of white, in tune with general bridal fashion in many of the cultures our royals hail from. Today’s gown is the one often credited with starting the “white wedding” trend.
|The lace flounce|
|Franz Xavier Winterhalter's portrait of Victoria in her wedding attire was actually commissioned by Victoria as a present for Albert for their 1847 anniversary|
|On display today|
Her shoes and the sleeve of the gownVictoria’s dress was criticized by some at the time for being too simple and too conservative, but she loved it and cherished it for the rest of her life. The lace flounce was removed and worn to other significant occasions. Her daughter Beatrice was permitted to wear it for her own wedding, in 1885. Sentimental to the end, Queen Victoria was buried with her wedding veil.
Victoria wearing her lace flounce later in life; Princess Beatrice wearing the lace on her wedding gownQueen Victoria and Prince Albert were married for 21 years before Albert’s early death sent her into seclusion and a mourning period that lasted the rest of her life. Victoria and Albert had nine children; their children and grandchildren married into so many different royal families that Victoria is nicknamed the Grandmother of Europe. Most of Europe’s monarchs today can trace their family tree back to Victoria, sometimes more than once.
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Photos: The Royal Collection/Historic Royal Palaces