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

Design for Queen Victoria's bridesmaids’ dresses circa 1840

Pencil, watercolour | 23.6 x 19.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 980021.o

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A watercolour design for Queen Victoria's twelve bridesmaids' dresses. A female figure is shown full-length, facing forward. She is wearing a white dress trimmed with sprays of roses on the bodice and skirt. A matching spray of roses is shown in her hair. She is wearing white gloves and holding a handkerchief in one hand. Inscribed below: Original Sketch by VR for the dress of the Queen's 12 Bridesmaids -

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. The sketch was given to her Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Sutherland, who supervised the making of the dresses ready for the queen's wedding to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840.