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10th February 1840 - Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress

As many people know, it is said that Victoria started the trend of wearing a white coloured dress on your wedding day. However, not many know  how complicated the journey was that had it come to be.

In the early of planning her wedding, Lord Melbourne suggested that she might wear her royal robes of state, as she mentions in her diary -

They talked about me wearing my robes, but I thought not.

She made it clear that her wedding was not like others of the time, where it was all for advancement and gain, with no thought of romantic preference. Her wedding was a personal affair; she was marrying for love.

In the end, Victoria would design her own dress, as well as her bridesmaids’ dresses. She had her dress made entirely of British materials, as was well publicised at the time. This was a political move, as she was showing to foreign powers just what her country had to offer and that she was still representing Britain.  The silk was woven in Spitalfields, East London and the lace was handmade in Devon.  Finally, the outfit was sewed together by Victoria’s own dressmaker, a Mrs Bettans, with the pattern being destroyed afterwards to prevent the dress being replicated.

The finished garment would include a bodice, the waist pointed over a full, pleated skirt with full puffed sleeves and a round neck, all made of Spitalfields white silk satin. The train was immense, measuring 18 feet and edged with orange blossom spays (orange blossom being a symbol of fertility). Orange blossom would feature a lot on her person, as her wreath above her veil (which was 12 feet long) was made of it and it trimmed her dress.  She also wore matching satin shoes (see two above), and a blue sapphire brooch at her breast which was a wedding gift from Albert. In her diary, on her wedding day of the tenth of February 1840, she described her whole outfit as thus -

I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch

Victoria did not wear her actual wedding dress for the whole day, as when she returned to Buckingham Palace after the service and wedding breakfast she withdrew to change into ‘a white silk gown trimmed with swansdown and a white bonnet with orange flowers’, an outfit very similar to her original ensemble.
Years later, Victoria would allow her favourite daughter Beatrice (who would be one of the queens few close companions in her widowhood) to wear her wedding veil at her own wedding in 1885 (see photograph below). She would be the only daughter of Victoria allowed this special privilege. In addition later still, Victoria would be buried wearing her lace veil, in 1901

Featured Image Emily Blunt as Victoria on her wedding day, The Young Victoria 2009
Sources -
Becoming Queen, Kate Williams
Historic Royal Places
Photograph #3 by Daily Mail

The Tudor era is simply is this - it is a most glorious and wonderful soap opera.

David Starkey, summing up why history students tend to be continually drawn to the Tudors.

Everyone is always plotting and scheming against each other. People are getting beheaded left and right. Sex. Adultery. Lies. Fake pregnancies. Multiple marriages. Divorces.

(Queen Mary was once mad at her council because they wouldn’t let her execute her own sister. It’s mental.)

It’s like Game of Thrones without the dragons, basically. 

me: I must understand the medieval History of England.

*some books and documentaries later*

me: …plenty of Kings indeed…

me: *a bit doubtful* So let’s systematize:

me: *quite doubtful and sweating* Just need to add the respective names and dates and it will be great…


Dishonored 2 Modern AU - the main three (x)

Emily is fulfilling the role of Empress of the Isles similar to that of the English Royal Family. Only, she is also an active member of the Dunwall City Watch and practices her skills constantly with her father at her side.

Corvo is head of the Dunwall City Watch as well as the Lord Protector to the Empress, Emily. He trains Emily as well as takes up royal matters around the Isles when she cannot be physically present. 

The Outsider is only known as such, but runs a stadium and uses concerts as a front for gathering intel. He is a renowned whistleblower when it comes to gangs, traitors, and suppliers for the Isles. Although his tactics are not favored, Emily seeks out his guidance on occasion. She and Corvo place their trust in him due to his involvement in finding Emily’s mother’s (Jessamine Kaldwin) killer.

Webley N°1 First Pattern RIC revolver

Manufactured by Webley and Scott c.late 1860′s.
.442 Webley six-round cylinder, double-action with spurless hammer, pivoting ejector rod and loading gate, short barrel and factory engravings.

Webley’s first double-action revolver, adopted in 1868 by the Royal Irish Constabulary.

NoctLuna ala Royal Photoshoot mode, y’know like those promotional pics of royalty on the internet and magazines? Noct would be scowling at first, maybe coz nerves, first outdoor photoshoot with Luna and he’s having butterflies in his stomach lolz. The royal photographer (Prompto?) would be like “Uhm, you’re so stiff your majesty!” But Luna gently takes his hand in hers, smiles at him, then just like that he can’t help but smile back. With her eyes she urges her husband to look back at the camera, then photographer-san be like, “That’s it!” *furiously presses camera to capture the moment* 

Made this last Thursday and Friday, a few hours before office logout. Pencil shading is my waterloo…well, shading, in general. T_T

21. Which player ship is your favorite?

Fury, hands down, my beautiful and deadly Fury. Was my first and still favourite and I have seen almost every ship. Haven’t seen Trooper’s and Agent’s, though. Close second is BH’s ship. Partly because of the way you get it. Just awesome.

22. Of all the in-game events (Relics of the Gree, Rakghoul, Life Day, so on) which do you like the most, and which do you dislike?

I really dislike Rakghoul event, because of it’s mechanics and because I am in general dislike rakghouls. And have very disturbing memories about them from the time I was playing KOTOR and was smol.

Life Day was kinda fun and cute. Not so familiar with other ones, sadly.

23. Share some of your favorite quotes/dialogue with us!

I am really bad with remembering quotes, sorry :(
But I really adore SI’s sass, witty lines of Smuggler and dialogues with Talos, because he is so Talos.
Also I really like that dialogue between Vit and Dramath, because of TEH FAMILY DRAMA™
Koth is my cinnamon roll and I really like dialogues with him. Also Senya’s trolling sass expert skills.

24. Do you have a primary/preferred stronghold?

It was my dream since I started playing and now I have one and started making it comfy and nice.
Though, I am really short on fancy things because of crazy prices.
Dromund Kaas one is also neat, I should say. But nothing (maybe not-existent Zakuulan) beats Yavin.

25. Mind sharing some screenshots of your stronghold(s)?

Sadly do not have any right now.
And I guess no one will wait for me for like three or more days, while I am updating.
Maybe later, when I will play again.

26. Who is/are your favorite non-companion NPC(s)?

It always so hard.
There are probably a lot more since I am fuzzball with a big hearth, but they are dominating the top of all tops.
But okay, some more I am bad with names now, sorry, Darth Vowrawn and Darth Marr, that nice old Darth Silthar from Teh Sand Planet, Yuon Par, lady that was BH’s guide in the Hunt, Watcher Two and Keeper, Lord Praven and more, and more, and more.

27. If you could make any current NPC a player companion, who would you pick?

Can I have Vitiate?
I miss his A+ voice.
And overall eldritch personality.