|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
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.
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.