QUEEN VICTORIA in her Wedding Dress - 1840. In choosing a simple white gown & orange blossoms in her hair rather than regal splendor she set a trend of white wedding gowns that continues to this day....
Queen Victoria's white satin and Honiton lace wedding gown, British, 1840. On her wedding morning, Queen Victoria wrote in her journal: "Had my hair dressed and the wreath of orange flowers put on" (in between breakfast and receiving various visitors, including Prince Albert). "Dressed....I wore a white satin gown with a very deep flounce of Honiton, imitation of old. I wore my Turkish diamond necklace and earrings, and Albert's beautiful sapphire brooch".
Queen Victoria's Orange Blossom Parure, c1839. Materials: Gold, white porcelain. Prince Albert gave this to Queen Victoria as a anniversary gift. He had it custom made for her and added additional pieces over the following years. Victoria always wore the tiara on her wedding anniversary even after his death. The box is inscribed “Sent to me/ by dear Albert/ from Wiesbaden/ Novr. 1839.″
Queen Victoria married her cousin, Albert, in 1840 in this wedding gown, which is here shown in a 2012 exhibition as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The gown, of silk trimmed with lace, was designed by Mrs. Bettans, one of Victoria's dressmakers.