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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's bracelet 23 Nov 1839

17.8 x 1.3 x 0.9 cm | RCIN 65296

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This gold bracelet was given by the Duchess of Kent to Queen Victoria on the day she announced her engagement to the Privy Council.

 

I read my short Declaration; I felt my hands shook, but I did not make one mistake; I felt most happy and thankful when it was over

Queen Victoria, Journal, 23 November 1839

This was one of a group of jewels placed in the 'Albert Room' at Windsor Castle after the Queen's death in 1901. This was the room in which Prince Albert died in 1861 and the Queen left instructions for a specific list of personal jewellery to be placed there and not passed on in the family.