Friday, November 30, 2012

Queen Victoria's Wedding (Part 12): Victoria's Bouquet and Wedding Shoes

A Posy of White Snowdrops
Photo Credit: Wallpaper Million

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

It’s likely that the Prince never allowed his eyes to stray from her lovely face, but the Queen Dowager Adelaide, standing to the left of the altar, must have followed the lines of Victoria’s dress to her hands.

Clothed in white kid gloves, likely with a slit in the left finger to facilitate donning the ring, her demure hands held a lace-edged handkerchief  and a simple posy of white snowdrops. Though February is the prime season for snowdrops, Victoria likely chose them because they were Albert’s favorite flowers.

Queen Victoria's Wedding Shoes
Photo Credit: Wikipedia
As Prince Albert stepped forward to escort Victoria to her seat on the right side of the altar, one might have caught a brief glimpse of her demure wedding shoes. Made of a creamy-white satin and trimmed with bands of ribbon, the flat ballet-like slippers featured ribbons at the instep which were worn tied around the ankles, a popular custom of the time. {Wikipedia}

Affixed inside the sole of each shoe is a label, perhaps you might call it a calling card, from Gundry & Sons. As the owner of the Silk Damask blog states, “the label is a proud ‘brand’ of the company, listing (cramming, actually) as many royal clientele as possible into the oval.”

The Queen and her Bridegroom now stand beside each other awaiting the commencement of the ceremony.

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    1. Thank you so much, Nathalie! I'm so very glad you enjoyed it. I hope you are doing well.

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  2. That is a posy of Lily of the Valley, not Snowdrops.

    Snowdrops have a single white flower, that looks a bit like an upside-down tulip, on each stalk.

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  3. That is a posy of Lily of the Valley, not Snowdrops.

    Snowdrops have a single white flower, that looks a bit like an upside-down tulip, on each stalk.

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