|Victoria + Albert|
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Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert on February 10, 1840, marked an unprecedented event in history. There were no cameras, and as far as I can tell only one painter captured the ceremony on canvas. Another painter captured Her Majesty's beautiful bridesmaids, and there are several portraits of Queen Victoria just prior to and just after her wedding that afford some detail of her jewelry and wedding gown.
With such a scant pictorial record, a historian like myself must rely on the written word. There are countless third- and fourth-hand accounts of the glorious day on the internet, and I credit many of them here in the bibliography, primarily because they led me to the fewer first- and second-hand accounts.
It is these first person narratives which thrill me the most. Written by those who have had access to their private papers or those who knew people who attended the wedding, many of these books are filled with wonderful stories of events peripheral to the wedding. If you happen to write historical fiction, or if you are an aspiring historian, I encourage you to read some of these amazing books for yourself. They are truly delightful.
This bibliographic record is extensive and somewhat overwhelming when taken as a whole, but it is also an art piece in its own right. I scoured the internet, the library shelves, and my own personal collection to find the most accurate, most detailed accounts of that most glorious day in Her Majesty's life. The result is the series you have before you on this site. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as thoroughly as I have enjoyed writing it.
I owe a debt of gratitude to each author listed in this post, as their attention to detail, their clear citation of sources, and their quest to capture the romance and energy of that day helped me deliver this series to you. Without further adieu, I give you my sources...
1. Antique Jewelry University. “Queen Victoria.” Accessed November 15, 2012. http://www.langantiques.com/university/index.php/Queen_Victoria.
2. Beer Village Heritage. “Lace.” Accessed November 12, 2012. http://www.beer-devon.co.uk/BeerHeritage/BeerHeritageSite/VillageSite/Lace.htm.
3. Bell, J. “Bigoraphical Sketches of Illustrious Ladies.” Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine [No. III, Vol. I]: 1806, p. 121-122.
4. Biblioteca Pleyades. “Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense: Order of the Garter. Accessed December 9, 2012. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_garter03.htm.
5. Biblioteca Pleyades. “The Most Noble Order of the Garter.” Accessed December 9, 2012. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_garter01.htm.
6. Bodgas, Meredith. “Royal Wedding: The Meaning Behind Princess Kate’s Bouquet.” Glamour Magazine Online: April 30, 2011. http://www.glamour.com/weddings/blogs/save-the-date/2011/04/royal-wedding-the-meaning-behi.html.
7. British Monarchy, The Official Website. “The Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1840. Accessed November 15, 2012. http://www.royal.gov.uk/The%20Royal%20Collection%20and%20other%20collections/TheRoyalArchives/QueenVictoriaeducationproject/TheweddingofQueenVictoriaandPrinceAlbert1840.aspx.
8. Dreamstress Blog, The. “Queen Victoria’s wedding dress: the one that started it all.” April 18, 2011. http://thedreamstress.com/2011/04/queen-victorias-wedding-dress-the-one-that-started-it-all/.
9. Duffy, Kathleen. “Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress at Kensington Palace, London.” Suite 101. March 3, 2011. http://suite101.com/article/queen-victorias-wedding-dress-at-kensington-palace-london-a330464.
10. Duncan, Andrew. Secret London. London: New Holland Publishers, 2007.
11. From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault Blog. “The Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter.” June 18, 2012. http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2012/06/collar-and-great-george-of-order-of.html.
12. “From the London Gazettes: Bankrupts.” The Spectator, Vol 6 (1833), p. 937.
13. Georgian Index. “Berkeley Square: Gunter’s Tea Shop.” Last updated March 2003. http://www.georgianindex.net/Gunters/gunters.html.
14. Gill, Gillian. We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners Rivals. >New York: Ballantine Books/Random House, Inc., 2009.
15. Hibbert, Christopher. Queen Victoria: A Personal History. Cambridge: Da Capo Books, 2000.
16. Historical Dish Blog, The. “The wedding breakfast.” April 30, 2011. http://thehistoricaldish.com/2011/04/30/the-wedding-breakfast/.
17. Hope, Eva. A Lady, Whose Sources for Collecting the Same are the Highest of Character. Anecdotes, personal traits, and characteristic sketches of Victoria the First. London: William Bennett, 1840.
18. Hope, Eva. Author of ‘Grace Darling.’ Our Queen: A Sketch of the Life and Times of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Walter Scott, [Year uncertain.]
19. Hubpages. “English Royal Wedding: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.” Last updated by scotslass on September 22, 2012. http://scotslass.hubpages.com/hub/English-Royal-Wedding-Queen-Victoria-and-Prince-Albert.
20. Jonathan. “Turkish diamond necklace of rosettes.” Royal Magazin. Accessed November 15, 2012. http://www.royal-magazin.de/england/queen-victoria/victoria-rosettes-necklace.htm.
21. Jonathan. “Turkish Diamonds/Gift from Queen Victoria.” Royal Magazin. Accessed November 15, 2012. http://www.royal-magazin.de/england/connaught/connaught-diamond-necklace.htm.
22. Katmax1. “10 February 1840 – The Wedding of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert.” LiveJournal. November 26, 2010. http://lamodeillustree.livejournal.com/324438.html.
23. Kennedy, Rann. Britain’s Genius: a mask composed on occasion of the marriage of Victoria<… 1840.
24. Kyi, Anna, ed. “The Marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.” Historical Refresher Training April 2009: Windows on the World. http://sheducationcom.ascetinteractive.biz/images/Marriage%20of%20Queen%20Victoria%20and%20Prince%20Albert.pdf.
25. Ladd, Sarah. “Gunter’s Tea Shop.” Regency Reflections Blog: July 11, 2012. http://christianregency.com/blog/2012/07/11/gunters-tea-shop/.
26. Longford, Elizabeth. Queen Victoria: Born to Succeed. New York and Evanston: Harper & Row, 1964.
27. Madame Guillotine Blog. “Kissing Cousins: The wedding of Victoria and Albert.” Last updated January 31, 2011. http://madameguillotine.org.uk/2011/01/31/kissing-cousins-the-wedding-of-victoria-and-albert/#comments.
28. Marilyn’s Royal Blog. “Question: Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress and Bouquet.” November 18, 2008. http://marilynsroyalblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/question-queen-victorias-wedding-dress.html.
29. Marriage Customs of the World. “Wedding Breakfast.” Published May 7, 2011. http://marriagecustoms.org/30-wedding-breakfast.html.
30. Mehl, Scott. “British Orders and Honours.” Unofficial Royalty. Accessed November 7, 2012. http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/current-monarchies/british-royals/british-orders-and-honours/#A1.
31. Morris, Charles, LL.D. The Life of Queen Victoria and The Story of Her Reign. Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, 1901.
32. Northampton Museums & Art Gallery. “Queen Victoria’s Wedding Shoes.” Last updated June 18, 2012. http://northamptonmuseums.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/queen-victorias-wedding-shoes/.
33. Olcott, Jane. “Early Victorian Wedding Hairstyles.” eHow. Accessed November 12, 2012. http://www.ehow.com/info_7850604_early-victorian-wedding-hairstyles.html.
34. Parton, James and Horace Greeley, etc. Eminent Women of the Age Being Narratives of the Lives and Deeds of the Most Prominent Women of the Present Generation, 1868. Reprinted with permission on About.com. http://womenshistory.about.com/library/etext/bl_eminent_victoria_l.htm.
35. Pasco, Charles Eyre. London of to-day. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1885.
36. Rappaport, Helen. Queen Victoria: A Biographical Companion. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003.
37. Regency Reader. “Regency Hot Spots: Gunters.” Accessed January 10, 2013. http://www.regrom.com/2008/09/27/regency-hot-spots-gunters/.
38. Rings with Love. “Gemstone Rings.” Accessed December 2012. http://www.ringswithlove.com/gemstone-rings.
39. Roberts, Hugh. The Queen’s Diamonds. Royal Collection Publications, 2012.
40. Royal Collection, The. “Collar of the Order of the Garter.” Accessed November 7, 2012. http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/eGallery/object.asp?searchText=Coronation&object=441376&row=117&detail=about.
41. Royal Exhibitions. “Q. V’s Lesser George.” Accessed December 15, 2012. http://royalexhibitions.co.uk/royal-orders/queen-victorias-sash-badge-lesser-george/.
42. Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor Blog, The. “Sunday Brooch: Prince Albert’s Sapphire.” Last updated February 26, 2012. http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunday-brooch-prince-alberts-sapphire.html.
43. Royal Post Blog, The. “Queen Victoria’s Bridesmaids + Thoughts of Her Wedding.” Last updated December 7, 2011. http://theroyalpost.com/2011/12/07/queen-victorias-bridesmaids-thoughts-of-her-wedding/.
44. Royal Post Blog, The. “Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress, February 10, 1840.” Last updated November 22, 2011. http://theroyalpost.com/2011/11/22/queen-victorias-wedding-dress-february-10-1840/.
45. Royal Post Blog, The. “Queen Victoria’s Wedding Jewelry.” Last updated November 23, 2011. http://theroyalpost.com/2011/11/23/queen-victorias-wedding-jewelry/.
46. Rusk, Rev. John. The Beautiful Life and Illustrious Reign of Queen Victoria. Boston: James H. Earle, 1901.
47. Sheppard, Edgar, M. A. Memorials of St. James’s Palace, Volume 1. London & New York: Longman’s, Green, and Co., 1894.
48. Silk Damask Blog. “What’s in a Label 3: Queen Victoria’s 1840 Wedding Shoes.” September 8, 2012. http://silkdamask.blogspot.com/2012/09/whats-in-label-3-queen-victorias-1840.html.
49. Spitalfields. “Spitalfields History.” Accessed November 12, 2012. http://www.spitalfields.co.uk/about_history.php#.UK2Aw-Sun9s.
50. Stalking the Belle Epoque Blog. “Gifts of Grandeur: Collar of the Order of the Garter, 1837.” June 15, 2011. http://stalkingthebelleepoque.blogspot.com/2011/06/gifts-of-grandeur-collar-of-order-of.html.
51. Stalking the Belle Epoque Blog. “Saturday Sparkle: Prince Albert’s Garter, 1840.” Last updated January 29, 2011. http://stalkingthebelleepoque.blogspot.com/2011_01_23_archive.html.
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54. Turner, Lauren. “Queen Victoria’s diaries to go online.” The Independent. May 24, 2012. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/queen-victorias-diaries-to-go-online-7785590.html.
55. V&A Museum. “Corsets & Crinolines in Victorian Fashion.” Accessed November 15, 2012. http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/c/corsets-and-crinolines-in-victorian-fashion/.
56. V&A Museum. “Victoria Dress at the V&A.” Accessed November 15, 2012. http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/v/victorian-dress-at-v-and-a/.
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61. Weintraub, Stanley. Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert. New York: The Free Press, 1997.
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