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See the first woman in the world to adorn white gown for her wedding

Wearing of white gowns for wedding started when the then Queen of England, Queen Victoria married her heartthrob, Prince Albert on 10 February, 1840 in the Chapel Royal of St James Palace. Before her wedding, brides are to wear their most beautiful dress for the wedding. As a powerful woman of her generation, tradition for changed by her and she made history. She ascended the throne long before her wedding.

She was Queen of the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. She adopted the additional title of Empress of India on 1 May 1876. Known as the Victorian era, her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any of her predecessors.

She chose to wear a white wedding dress, which was considered an unusual choice at a time when colours were more usual,made from heavy silk satin. The Honiton lace used for her wedding dress proved an important boost to Devon lace-making. Queen Victoria has been credited with starting the tradition of white weddings and white bridal gowns.

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Chapel Royal of St James Palace England India Prince Albert Queen Victoria


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