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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

After John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, when Prince and Princess of Wales, in their wedding clothes 1863

RCIN 2870063

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With the advent of photography, there was a more instant means of capturing the Royal wedding. The first royal couple that were photographed was the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. This hand coloured albumen print has the initials 'V.R' and the date 24 May, suggesting that it might have been a birthday present to Queen Victoria.

Princess Alexandra's wedding dress was of completely British manufacture. The white satin skirt was adorned with flounces of Honiton lace and swags of artificial orange blossom. The Prince of Wales wore the robes of the Order of the Garter.