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Queen Victoria was the beginning of the "bride in white" wedding trend. Before then, white was often worn as a sign of mourning!

Queen Victoria was the beginning of the "bride in white" wedding trend. Before then, white was often worn as a sign of mourning!

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.

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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.

Queen Victoria's silk and lace trimmed wedding gown. She was married to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. The gown is on display at Kensington Palace.

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Queen Victoria's silk and lace trimmed wedding gown. She was married to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. The gown is on display at Kensington Palace.

Queen Victoria's tiny wedding dress. All British-made fabrics used, and the pattern for the Honiton lace was destroyed afterwards to avoid copies. Decorated with orange blossoms on Victoria's big day!

Queen Victoria's tiny wedding dress. All British-made fabrics used, and the pattern for the Honiton lace was destroyed afterwards to avoid copies. Decorated with orange blossoms on Victoria's big day!

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Buckingham Palace 1840. They say she started the white wedding dress trend.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Buckingham Palace 1840. They say she started the white wedding dress trend.

1858 photo of Princess Royal Victoria's wedding dress.  She was the oldest daughter of Queen Victoria.  She also looked just like her. Her oldest son became the last Kaiser of Germany, Wilhelm ll. He was pretty much the black sheep of the family when they would all get together for family bar b ques.

1858 photo of Princess Royal Victoria's wedding dress. She was the oldest daughter of Queen Victoria. She also looked just like her. Her oldest son became the last Kaiser of Germany, Wilhelm ll. He was pretty much the black sheep of the family when they would all get together for family bar b ques.

QUEEN VICTORIA in her Wedding Dress - 1840. In choosing a simple white gown & orange blossoms in her hair rather than regal splendor she set a trend of white wedding gowns that continues to this day....

QUEEN VICTORIA in her Wedding Dress - 1840. In choosing a simple white gown & orange blossoms in her hair rather than regal splendor she set a trend of white wedding gowns that continues to this day....

Queen Victoria's Wedding dress. The dress that started the trend of wearing white on your wedding day.

Queen Victoria's Wedding dress. The dress that started the trend of wearing white on your wedding day.

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.

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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.