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Mourning dress (once black, now faded) worn by Queen Victoria to her first Privy Council on June 20, 1837, the day of her accession to the throne. Queen Victoria, Dresses Once, Mourning Dresses, Once Black, Privi Council, Day Dresses, June 20, 1830S Dresses Black, 20 June
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Mourning Dress Date: 1894 Culture: British Medium: silk This dress was once worn by Queen Victoria (1819-1901) of the United Kingdom, as documented in an 1894 photograph of the Queen holding her great-grandson, Edward VIII (1894-1972). The simple white trim and minimal use of crinkled crepe on the dress indicate a state of half mourning, although it is 33 years after her husband's death.
This rather lovely gown in the collection of the Museum of London was worn by Queen Victoria in 1855 on her state visit to Napoleon III and Empress Eugènie in Paris. The Empress Eugènie and the French ladies of her court were always dressed up to the nines in the finest creations of the legendary House of Worth, so Queen Victoria no doubt felt some pressure to look her very best!
ca 1872-74. Black mourning dress reached its peak during the reign of Queen Victoria in the second half of the 19th century. Queen Victoria wore mourning from the death of her husband, Prince Albert, until her own death. It was considered a social requisite to don black for up to 2 1/2 years while grieving. The amount of black was dictated by different phases of mourning; full mourning ensembles were solid black while half mourning allowed the wearer to add a small amount of white or purple.
Victoria revealed: Her Privy Council dress. For a long time a woman with this figure and in this dress was the most powerful human on the planet.