Queen Victoria married her cousin, Albert, in 1840 in this wedding gown, which is here shown in a 2012 exhibition as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The gown, of silk trimmed with lace, was designed by Mrs. Bettans, one of Victoria's dressmakers.
The Princess Charlotte of Wales' wedding dress. June 1816. Prior to Queen Victoria, royal brides traditionally wore silver. Queen Victoria chose a white dress to show off the white lace she wanted to include, which Prince Albert liked.
When Queen Victoria married her cousin Albert on February 10, 1840 at the royal chapel of St. James, she wore a white satin dress, a custom which has been imitated since by many brides, royal and not royal.
The dress itself was designed by William Dyce and was created from a heavy ivory satin woven in Spitalfields, London while the lace came from Honiton in Devon – both of which were carefully chosen with the aim of promoting English industry to the wider world.
Queen Victoria's white satin and Honiton lace wedding gown, British, 1840. On her wedding morning, Queen Victoria wrote in her journal: "Had my hair dressed and the wreath of orange flowers put on" (in between breakfast and receiving various visitors, including Prince Albert). "Dressed....I wore a white satin gown with a very deep flounce of Honiton, imitation of old. I wore my Turkish diamond necklace and earrings, and Albert's beautiful sapphire brooch".