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Detail from a portrait of the marriage of Princess Helena

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Princess Alexandra's Wedding Dress 1863

RCIN 71943

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This is a thinly overpainted photograph by David Mossman showing the Princess of Wales, wearing her wedding dress of white lace trimmed with orange blossom, with a matching wreath and the badge of the Order of Victoria and Albert. Similar photographs of t

Queen Alexandra (1844-1925) when Princess of Wales ©

Alexandra originally intended to wear a dress of Brussels lace given to her by King Leopold. However, Queen Victoria objected, stating that her dress must be entirely of British manufacture. Her new dress was trimmed with Honiton lace in a pattern of roses, shamrocks and thistles; the skirt was garlanded with orange blossom.

This painted photograph shows Alexandra wearing the lace overlaid with swags of artificial orange blossom. Pinned to her sleeve is the badge of the Order of Victoria and Albert.