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Detail from a portrait of the marriage of Princess Helena

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

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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As well as the dress of the bride, much attention was paid to the outfits to be worn by the 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. This 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.