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Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)

Design for Queen Victoria's bridesmaids’ dresses circa 1840

RCIN 980021.o

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Queen Victoria herself undertook the design for the dresses worn by her twelve bridesmaids, who were all the eldest daughters of peers. She outlined a simple white dress trimmed with sprays of roses attached to the bodice, the skirt and in the hair. The sketch was given to her Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Sutherland, who supervised the making of the dresses.