Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today is Victoria Day!

In Canada, to celebrate the birthday of dear Queen Victoria.

and her dear Prince Albert!

Her diary on her wedding day:

The transcript

Queen Victoria writes about her wedding day in her journal. 
February 10, 1840 
Slept well & breakfasted at ½p. 9, before which Mama came, bringing me a nosegay of 
orange flowers, & good Lehzen gave me a dear little ring. Wrote my Journal & saw Lord
Melbourne. Had my hair dressed & the wreath of orange flowers put on my head. My wreath 
& veil were worn, according to the rough sketch. Saw my precious Albert alone, for the last 
time as my Bridegroom, & he fetched in Uncle & Ernest for a moment. At ½p. 12 I set off, 
dearest Albert having gone before, & Mama & the Duchess of Sutherland went with me in the 
carriage. I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an 
old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s 
beautiful sapphire brooch. I never saw such crowds as there were in the Park, & they cheered
most enthusiastically..............

Queen Victoria in her wedding dress by Winterhalter, 1842

The wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Queen Victoria's wedding dress, now sans skirt lace

A middle aged Victoria and Albert recreate their wedding day


podso said...

Surprised Keller's book is in the library! Fun post here about Victoria ... love that lace overlay to her wedding dress. What a lady she was!

melissa said...

Isn't Queen Victoria's handwriting beautiful. So special to see her journal...you find the most amazing treasures. :)

Kay G. said...

Did you see the movie, "The Young Victoria"? Oh, they took a few liberties with the true story (that's Hollywood) but it was so well done!
I loved that they had Princess Beatrix (one of Queen Victoria's descendants!) as a lady-in-waiting!
By the way, I love Queen Victoria.
We need someone around these days, with a stern moral outlook.