Posts Tagged ‘Queen Victoria’

Queen Victoria’s journals available online

“In this the year of my Diamond Jubilee,” writes Queen Elizabeth II, “I am delighted to be able to present, for the first time, the complete on-line collection of Queen Victoria’s journals from the Royal Archives. These diaries cover the period from Queen Victoria’s childhood days to her Accession to the Throne, marriage to Prince […]



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Empress Marie-Louise’s wedding gown

I discussed Queen Victoria’s in a prior post. Not that Victoria was the first bride to wear white, far from it, but she was a trend-setter in that regard. White fabrics, since the invention of chlorine bleach by Berthollet in the 1770s, had become affordable and consequently very popular with regular ladies, for both wedding […]



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Queen Victoria: Irish? Illegitimate?

The circumstances surrounding Victoria’s birth are hardly romantic: the beloved Princess Charlotte of Wales, who was to inherit the British throne, died in childbirth in 1817. Her father, the Prince Regent, later George IV, had no other legitimate offspring, and neither had his brothers. A rather unseemly race to the craddle ensued among the princes, […]



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Queen Victoria’s wedding, or why modern brides wear white

When Jane Austen’s parents were married in 1764, the bride, Cassandra Leigh, wore a red riding habit to the ceremony. Cassandra was not being eccentric or making a fashion statement. Such dress was perfectly appropriate for a young woman from a genteel but not particularly wealthy family marrying a country parson



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May Day greetings, from Queen Victoria

Yes, readers of Versailles and more get their May Day greetings from royalty… See how fortunate you are? The custom of exchanging sprigs of lily-of-the-valley, a French tradition, is also popular in England. See this lovely painting by Winterhalter. The baby in Victoria’s arms in Prince Arthur, her seventh child, and his mother’s indisputed favourite, more […]