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It's All Her Fault!

The bride Queen Victoria and her influence on Bridal Fashions of Antique
Bridal Dolls in the United Federation of Doll Clubs Museum Collection
By Susan Hedrick

Left: An engraving of the marriage of Queen
Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland to her
cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coborg-Gotha
on February 10, 1840 was illustrated in
newspapers of the day. Her unusual choice
of white would be felt in the western bridal
fashion world to the present day.
Above: This portrait of Queen Victoria in her
wedding gown by artist Franz Winterhalter,
1847 was given to Prince Albert as an
anniversary gift. Her wreath of orange
blossoms is copied with wax blossoms and
used for several of our antique doll brides'
headwear and bouquets.

Q

ueen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland, a
petite (5-feet 0-inches), German 20-year-old,
rocked the world in the mid-19th century when
she wed her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-CoborgGotha on February 10, 1840.
Ah ha! you think. Marrying her cousin! But no,
actually royalty did that all the time and no one
looked askance at it. It was actually the western bridal
fashion world she was to influence for the following

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nearly two hundred years. And, more specifically,
with her choice of colors.
Victoria chose an all-British ivory silk satin gown
woven in Spitalfields (East London), lavishly trimmed
with Honiton and Beer lace handmade in Devon,
England. The dress was probably designed by Mary
Bettans of Jermyn Street in London. Mary would
continue as her dressmaker for many years. Victoria
traded her jeweled crown for a simple wreath of orange



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