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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

Favour ribbon c.1840

RCIN 52494

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This favour ribbon was made to celebrate the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albertin 1840.

Lengths of ribbon such as this would have been sold to the public to be made up into wedding ‘favours’. Favours were bows or rosettes worn on the wedding day to show support for the bride and groom. Woven into it are the British national emblems of the rose, thistle and shamrock, with the initials of the bride and groom, V&A, surmounted by a true-lovers-knot and a crown.