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Amazing photograph of Queen Victoria’s wedding veil and preserved wreath of orange blossom flowers, worn by Victoria during her wedding ceremony to Prince Albert on the 10th February 1840. This photograph is amazing because Victoria was buried wearing the veil, so it hasn’t been seen for over a century.

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A less formal Royal portrait. Queen Victoria wearing a simple tartan shawl poses for an informal family photograph with her four eldest children, (left to right) Prince Albert Edward, Princess Victoria, Princess Alice and Prince Alfred. Dated 8th February 1854.

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Queen Victoria’s ‘White bonnet trimmed with orange flowers’ that she wore on her wedding day, with a white silk gown she had changed into after the wedding breakfast, as she traveled to Windsor Castle from Buckingham palace. You may have seen the bonnet recreated in the TV show Victoria on Jenna Coleman (see below) . Since this photograph is Victorian and I’ve found no record of the bonnet since then I can only assume it hasn’t survived.

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The Dogon people of the central plateau, Mali.

The Dogon worship ancestral spirits or deities called Nommos, who were described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures. They breathed through holes on their back and had skin like that of a chameleon. The Nommos have been referred to by the Dogon as “The Monitors”, “Masters of the Water” and “The Teachers”.

Research completed by French anthropologists from 1931-1956, discovered (though not without controversy) from a village Elder named Ogotemmêli, that the Dogon understood knowledge of the Cosmos far beyond what could be expected.
Ogotemmêli told the French researchers that the Nommos came from a small planet which orbits a star, a sister star of Sirius. Ogotemmêli went on to explain that the sister star orbits Sirius every 50 years and has a huge mass.

The star, which scientists now know as Sirius B, completely invisible to the human eye, was only theorized in the 19th Century, and wasn’t photographed until 1970. According to Dogon tradition, it was the Nommos who provided them with the knowledge of Sirius B, along with the knowledge that Jupiter has 4 moons and Saturn has rings. 

The Dogon have long practised ceremonies which celebrate the cycle of Sirius B around Sirius. They are believed to be of Egyptian decent, another culture with strong ties to the star Sirius.