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Royal Wedding Dresses: Queen Victoria

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May is Victoria month, marking two centuries since the start of her story


It's one of the most famous royal wedding dresses of all but very hard to define. The gown worn by Queen Victoria on February 10th 1840 at St James' Palace to marry her already beloved Albert is credited with making white weddings top of every stylish bride's wish list but try and describe it and you might just come a cropper. Of course, there are no photos (well, possibly but that's a whole other great big royal row) and many of the images we have are of the dress on mannequins in exhibitions. But it is a truly beautiful gown and a part of a royal story integral to the history of the British Monarchy. As May, the month marking the 200th anniversary of her birth, gets under way, here's a look at one of Victoria's most famous moments.

The White Queen: a new mystery

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This blog began as The White Queen hit TV screens so it seems quite appropriate that as I reboot and refocus, Elizabeth Woodville is making headlines again. This still controversial queen is in the news again as fresh research throws a different light on how she spent her final days.

The Queen's Birthday 2019

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(photo ITV still, fair use)
The Queen's 93rd birthday fell  on Easter Sunday which meant we all got a glimpse of the monarch on her special day. And while the papers might have been talking about brothers at war, the Queen did what she always did - smiled and got on with things. On a sunny day in Windsor, she made sure the image of royalty remained calm and serene. Still ruling at 93, here's the Queen's birthday photo album for 2019.

The Queen at 93: from unexpected monarch to greatest of them all

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The Queen of England is 93 today. We'll see her at Windsor as she marks Easter with her family. Celebrated today as the longest reigning, the longest lived and perhaps the most beloved of all monarchs, she began life over nine decades ago as a princess with no prospect of a throne.

Queens of England

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It's been a bit quiet here recently but all that is about to change. Firstly, thank you for sticking with the blog in its sleepy period. And secondly, let me tell you all about the changes that are coming now that spring is here.

The Queen's January

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January is always a low key month for the Queen. She stays at Sandringham throughout the month and we mostly get to see her as she heads out to church. But while the public appearances have been as restrained as usual, Elizabeth II has found herself hovering close to the headlines in what's proved to be a busy month for the monarch.

The Queen, in all her guises

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So this is kind of cool. Trawling around on the internet, as you do when you're waiting for the baked potatoes to finish cooking, I came across this rather clever graphic of the Queen growing older, on banknotes.