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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

Charlotte Grimston (1778-1830)

The Form of morning prayer 1837

RCIN 1129966

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The German inscription on the inside cover of this prayer book states that it was given to Prince Albert to commemorate his wedding day by his ever-loving aunt, Victoria. It was written by Victoria, Duchess of Kent, who was both Prince Albert's aunt and new mother-in-law. A tiny gold shield on the back is engraved with the date of the wedding, 10 February 1840. The two clasped hands, which form the fastening, serve as a reminder of the joining of hands in the marriage ceremony.