Painting done in 1847 by Winterhalter of Queen Victoria in her wedding veil and dress for Albert
On the 10th February 1840, 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). Only after all this did she briefly record: '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'.
While all this sounds straight forward a lot of thought had gone into what the Queen should wear as Albert was marrying a reigning Queen, (the first in England since 1554) but for Victoria the act of joining husband and wife was more important. In consultation with her Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, it was decided she would not wear the cloth-of-silver of previous royal brides or robes of state and would instead emphasis her role as bride and decided to wear a white satin gown, enhanced with British made Honiton lace.....and as a result brides are still wearing white today, courtesy of the fashion started by Queen Victoria, and the subsequent belief that white is the "proper" colour for weddings.
the wedding of Victoria and Albert
Queen Victoria signing the register after the wedding
the Queen ordered her lace made in Honiton in the UK, which for at least the 19th century bought a revival of the native made lace (detail below)and Victoria insisted that all her children use Honiton as trimmings in their weddings as well.
Queen Victoria's wedding dress (now in the Museum of London, where it was donated with other royal costume by Queen Mary)
Queen Victoria's wedding shoes made by Gundry and Son, 1 Soho Square (Northampton Museum & Art Gallery)
The Sapphire and Diamond brooch given to Victoria by Albert and worn with the dress (still in the Royal collection)
One of the brooches given as gifts to to the bridesmaids at Victoria's wedding (designed by Prince Albert)
Queen Victoria in later life wearing her wedding flounce
in this picture the Queen is in court dress, not her wedding dress, but she is wearing the "Turkish" earrings and necklace she wore to her wedding and her wedding veil. Was taken on 11 May 1854 .
1885 - Princess Beatrice wearing her mother's wedding flounce and veil. She was the only one of Victoria's daughers allowed to wear it.
And Queen Victoria's journal as she describes getting ready for her wedding - This was copied by Princess Beatrice after the Queen's death but she has retained the Queen's original drawing of herself in her wedding veil