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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

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Princess Beatrice (1857-1944) in her wedding dress, July 23 1885 1885

RCIN 2905683

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Following the photograph if Princess Alexandra in her wedding dress, it became a regular feature for royal brides to be photographed in their dresses. Princess Beatrice was the youngest of Queen Victoria's children. Her marriage, to Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885, was difficult for the Queen, who only formally consented on the condition that the married couple remain with her, and that Beatrice continued to act as her mother's unofficial secretary.