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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 royal babushka made its first appearance in the late eighties, as silken scarves replaced sturdier head covering to reveal a more casual queen. First photographed during more rural pursuits, for example whilst at the Royal Horse Show, this look became almost iconic for Queen Elizabeth, and has stayed with her well into the 21st century.