|Close-up of Prince Albert on his Wedding Day|
Photo Credit: The Dreamstress
by Angela Magnotti Andrews
Upon their arrival, the Queen, her mother (the Duchess of Kent), and the Mistress of the Robes retreat to the Queen’s Closet (the Privy Council Chamber). Her attendants have awaited their Royal Mistress for an hour-and-a-half in this “closet” (really a huge stately meeting room with a warm fireplace and a stunning chandelier).
Finally released from their confinement, they most certainly descend upon her gaily to make any last-minute adjustments. The Queen's final half hour of waiting must have flown by with the giddy laughter and female attentions characteristic of bridal parties everywhere.
While her attendants dote upon the Royal Bride, the Dignitaries and Officials, dressed in full regalia, proceed to their places inside the quaint chapel. Following gracefully behind them,
Prince Albert immediately wins the allegiance
of the most prestigious guests filling the mere 300 seats within the chapel.
With his dignified bearing and his cordial greeting of every person in the room, all eyes follow him to his position at the right of the altar. There he stands regally, and somewhat nervously, in the red swallow-tailed tunic enhanced by two white satin bows resting upon his shoulders and the white knee breeches indicative of a field marshal in the British Army.