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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!
The Queen Mother wearing the Oriental Circlet Tiara. The tiara was made for Queen Victoria in 1853. The inspiration for the design of this tiara, which includes ‘Moghul’ arches framing lotus flowers, came from Prince Albert who had been greatly impressed by the Indian jewels presented to the Queen by the East India Company at the conclusion of the Great Exhibition.