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A sketch of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding cake. ‘Royal’ icing, although long in existence, is thought to have received its name from its use on this cake.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton have announced their wedding cakes, a traditional, multi-tiered fruitcake iced in white and cream with 16 different Victorian-inspired symbolic floral motifs, designed by Fiona Cairns, and a chocolate biscuit cake made by British digestive biscuit company, McVities.
Will Catherine wear a flower crown, perhaps a fragrant orange blossom wreath like Queen Victoria?
Or could it be a floral tiara, like the Strathmore Rose Tiara?
The Strathmore Rose Tiara was given to the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, by her parents when she married on April 26, 1923. It can be worn in the 1920s flapper-style dropped down on the forehead or traditionally.
Read more about the tiaras that could be gifted or loaned to Kate for her wedding here.
The Queen Mum, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, wears the Strathmore Rose Tiara dropped on her forehead in the 1920s flapper-style.
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““10th February 1840, Got up at a quarter to nine, Mamma came and brought me a nosegay of orange flowers. Wrote my journal, had my hair dressed and the wreath of orange flowers put on. Saw Albert for the last time alone, as my bridegroom. Dressed. I wore a white satin gown with a very deep flounce of Honiton lace, imitation of old. I wore my Turkish diamond necklace and earrings and Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch…”
Once she arrived at Buckingham Palace after her marriage – Victoria wrote - “I went and sat on the sofa in my dressing-room with Albert, and we talked together there from ten minutes to two till twenty minutes past two.” Only this silk gown and its creases were witness to this intimate half hour when Albert and Victoria were first alone together as husband and wife. But we know she carried the affectionate memories of that day, because Victoria continued to wear the train of Honiton lace from the dress for the rest of her life and, even after Albert’s death, as an old lady in black, she wrapped herself in the white lace that enshrined her tenderest emotions.”
I’m sure Kate’s will be quite different, but she is supposed to wear flats!
Pair of white satin shoes worn by Queen Victoria on her wedding day, 10 February 1840.
Queen Victoria married her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in the Chapel Royal, St James. She wore a white satin dress trimmed with Honiton lace, a Honiton lace veil and flat shoes of white satin trimmed with bands of ribbon. Long ribbon ties fastening round the ankles held the shoes in place.
They were made by Gundry and Son, 1 Soho Square, Boot and Shoemakers to the Queen.
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Location of collection: Northampton Museum & Art Gallery www.northampton.gov.uk/museums
Part of: Northampton Shoe Collection
Prince Charles and Prince William are not the only ones that have showered their brides with the blue gemstone. Prince Albert gave Victoria this diamond and sapphire tiara he designed in 1842. The sapphires are set in gold and the diamonds in silver. It is now in possession of a Queen Victoria descendant and is sometimes lent to museums.
And Queen Victoria’s journal as she describes getting ready for Princess Beatrice’s 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