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Detail from a portrait of the marriage of Princess Helena
Royal Weddings

The history of Royal weddings as seen through items in the Royal Collection


Princess Charlotte's Wedding Dress


RCIN 71997

Wedding ensemble made for Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817) for her wedding to Prince Leopold Saxe-Coburg in 1816. Charlotte was the only daughter of George IV, and would therefore have become Queen had she survived childbirth.

This ensemble is a rare survival and is now very frail. The silk satin high-waisted bodice with short puffed sleeves and dipping neckline, underskirt, overskirt, train and apron and metallic embroidery were very fashionable in the early nineteenth century. Usually, Charlotte preferred to dress more simply. Although associated with Princess Charlotte, the skirts and train may not be original to the ensemble.

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