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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


The Form of morning prayer


RCIN 1129966

The German inscription on the inside cover of this prayer book states that it was given to Prince Albert to commemorate his wedding day by his ever-loving aunt, Victoria. It was written by Victoria, Duchess of Kent, who was both Prince Albert's aunt and new mother-in-law. A tiny gold shield on the back is engraved with the date of the wedding, 10 February 1840. The two clasped hands, which form the fastening, serve as a reminder of the joining of hands in the marriage ceremony.

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