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A Guide To British Royal Weddings from Queen Victoria to Meghan Markle: Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

For avid Anglophiles and royal-watchers alike, learn more about the Royal Family and their weddings!

Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress

Queen Victoria's Dress from her wedding in 1840 with etching of the Wedding to Prince Albert and a close up of lacework on the sleeve.

Jaunzarins, L. (2012, October 25). Retrieved from https://theweddingworldblogger.com/category/royal-weddings/

Quote from Queen Victoria about her Wedding Day

‘Everything [is] always made so uncomfortable for Kings and Queens.’ - Queen Victoria on being made to ride in a gold carriage to her wedding ceremony.

BAIRD, J. (2017). VICTORIA: The queen. NEW YORK: RANDOM HOUSE.

Queen Victoria's Children and their Marriages

Victoria Princess Royal

Victoria, Princess Royal, German Empress Queen Consort of Prussia

Victoria, Princess Royal, was the first of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's children born in 1840. She married Frederick III in 1858, who was German Emperor for only 99 days before dying of cancer.

Hills & Saunders - Victoria, Crown Princess of Prussia, 1865 [in Portraits of Royal Children Vol.9 1865]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rct.uk/collection/2901317/victoria-crown-princess-of-prussia-1865-in-portraits-of-royal-children-vol-9-1865

King Edward VII

King Edward succeeded his mother, Queen Victoria, nearly sixty years after his birth in 1841. Edward was the first son and second child Victoria and Albert and became King in 1901 and ruled for nine years until 1910. 

He married Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Edward VII. (2018, November 30). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_VII#/media/File:Edward_VII_in_coronation_robes.jpg

Alice, Princess Louis of Hesse

Alice was born in 1843 and married Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hess in 1862. 

Princess Alice was the mother of Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, wife of Tsar Nicholas II. She was the maternal great-grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who is the consort of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Franz Backofen (active 1860-80) - Alice, Princess Louis of Hesse, May 1871 [in Portraits of Royal Children Vol.15 1870-71]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rct.uk/collection/2902405/alice-princess-louis-of-hesse-may-1871-in-portraits-of-royal-children-vol-15-1870

Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Alfred was born in 1844 at Windsor Castle. He married Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia in 1874, who was thought to be "haughty" by the rest of his family.

Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. (2018, December 01). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred,_Duke_of_Saxe-Coburg_and_Gotha

Princess Helena, Princess Christian of Schelswig-Holstein

Princess Helena was born in 1846 and married a politically awkward match, Prince Christian of Schelswig-Holstein, in 1866. It's rumored that her first love was her father's library servant! 

Explore the Collection. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rct.uk/collection/search#/1/collection/2902560/helena-princess-christian-of-schleswig-holstein-january-1872-in-portraits-of

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll

Princess Louise was born in 1848, and before her marriage, she served as her mother's unofficial secretary. She married John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll in 1871. 

Vianelli Brothers [Venice] - Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne, Venice 1881 [in Portraits of Royal Children Vol.27 1880-1881]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rct.uk/collection/2903653/princess-louise-marchioness-of-lorne-venice-1881-in-portraits-of-royal-children

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

Prince Arthur was born in 1850 at Buckingham Palace in London. He married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia in 1879.

Photo from the public domain.

Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany

Prince Leopold was born in 1853 and died young in 1884 at 30 years old. He was one of 3 of Queen Victoria's children to proceed their mother in death. Prince Leopold married Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont in 1882.

Photo from the public domain.

Princess Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg

Princess Beatrice was the youngest of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's children, born in 1857. She married Prince Henry of Battenberg, who died in 1896. She outlived him by 50 years and never remarried.

London : Walery - Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg, 1886 [in Portraits of Royal Children Vol.34 1885-1886]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rct.uk/collection/2904344/beatrice-princess-henry-of-battenberg-1886-in-portraits-of-royal-children-vol-34

Was Victoria the First to Wear White?

An article in Vanity Fair from 2018 quotes biographer Julie Baird on the lore of Queen Victoria making the white wedding dress popular. White had nothing to do with virginity or purity (at the time), but was a status symbol that the wealthy family could afford to have the dress cleaned regularly. 

In Queen Victoria's pragmatic mind, white was simply the best option for her dress to show off the intricate lacework on the dress sleeves and bodice.

Miller, J. (2018, April 03). How 20-Year-Old Queen Victoria Forever Changed Wedding Fashion. Retrieved from https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/04/queen-victoria-royal-wedding

TV Series "Victoria" Re-enacts the Wedding

The first episode of "Victoria" premiered in the UK on the ITV channel in August of 2016. You can stream the full series with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Myrtle in Royal Wedding Bouquets

Queen Victoria wore an orange blossom and myrtle headpiece with an intricate lace veil. This deviated from the royal tradition of wearing a jeweled tiara. 

Myrtle has been used in every royal wedding bouquet since Queen Victoria's wedding.

The garden where the myrtle has been harvested has recently been opened to the public.

Furness, H. (2017, June 27). Queen Victoria's garden of myrtle, used in every Royal wedding since, opens to public. Retrieved from https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/27/queen-victorias-garden-myrtle-used-every-royal-wedding-since/