|Albert & Victoria on their Wedding Day, 1840|
Photo Source: ET Online
After pledging their marriage, it was time for Albert to present
with the wedding ring. As he gently slipped the plain gold band upon her
finger, he pledged to adore her and share with her everything he owned. Upon
the Archbishop’s pronouncement of their most happy union, the Earl of Uxbridge
was seen giving the signal to the Park guns, whose royal salute set the crowds
into a deafening cheer.
At this hearty conclusion, the Royal Family stood and began to file out in much the same order as they had come in, each one stopping to congratulate the Bride in happy celebration. Uncle Augustus grasped
Victoria’s hand with
great enthusiasm and kissed her on the cheek affectionately. As wee Princess
Mary stopped before the Queen, Her Majesty took her up in her arms and kissed
her over and over again.
When all but the Queen Dowager and the Duchess of Kent had passed, Queen
stepped across the altar to warmly embrace and kiss Queen Adelaide. It is said
that she cordially shook hands with her mother. After the two women departed,
Victoria and Albert clasped ungloved hands and made haste to the Throne Room
for the signing of the registry.