TR001 Victoria & Albert
The sumptuous wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg & Gotha took place on 10 February 1840 at St. James Palace in the heart of London.
Victoria came to the throne in 1837, just a month after her 18th birthday and as the monarch she was the one to select a husband for herself and to make the marriage proposal!
Up until this time Royal Weddings had been small, private ceremonies held late at night.
The young Victoria was going to change all that… and much more. She was determined that her people would be able to see the bridal procession drive to St. James Palace. Her wedding dress was also a break with the past… Victoria chose white that both enhanced her purity and innocence while making her more visible to the thousands of her people who came to watch the ceremony.
Prince Albert meanwhile was dressed as a British Field Marshal, a rank Victoria herself had given to the young Prince as her personal wedding gift.
Fortunately for K&C there is a wealth of visual information available on what Victoria & Albert actually wore on their wedding day and they used the very best of it to create these two great ‘Victorian’ figures.