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
Edit: I feel the need to add that I had this song on repeat for a week straight before I even began making this wonderful creation. It was all I listened to for a whole day at work….. I’ll never get it out of my head now….
On this day in music history: March 25, 1985 - Prince wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain” at the 57th Annual Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA with the award being presented by actors Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. When he is announced as the winner, Prince is accompanied on stage by Revolution band mates Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin. The shy and soft spoken musician graciously accepts the honor, thanking the Academy, “Purple Rain” director Albert Magnoli, his managers, the members of his band, and God. Prince becomes only the third African American musician in history to win an Academy Award for film music, thirteen years after Isaac Hayes’ win for “The Theme From Shaft” in 1972, and just one year after Irene Cara’s win for “Flashdance… What A Feeling” in 1984.
I see that you use "prince of hell" warlock in a lot of your tags, what does that mean?
oh my god this is kind of embarrassing because my feelings about this are so intense. like i’m not even sure i can fully articulate what it’s genuinely about but i will try. also book spoilers.
Warlocks always have a demon for a father and Magnus’s father in particular was revealed to be
Asmodeus, one of the seven princes of hell and a fallen angel. It’s the reason he’s so powerful and since Asmodeus erased someone’s entire life as if it were nothing, it’s likely why Magnus has a particular talent for memory spells. We also see Magnus activate a witchlight at one point, which normally only responds to Shadowhunter (angel) blood.
And yet it was used more for relationship drama than anything, even though Magnus going through the centuries believing that he has the purest form of demon blood is a huge deal for his character. He’s clearly ashamed of it. Plus, what does having something so similar to angel blood mean for him? We’re told time and again that he’s powerful, that he has all this rich heartbreaking history, but we only get glimpses of it at best. What happened after he killed his human father after nearly being drowned? I mean, he was six or something and literally the first time he used his magic was to burn a man alive. How did he end up in Spain all the way from Indonesia? Did someone bring him to the Spiral Labyrinth? Magnus says Silent Brothers took him in, but that only appears in deleted pages of CoA; in CoB he simply calls them “churchmen.” How did he discover Asmodeus was his father? What was their conversation the first time he summoned him? What is even Magnus’s birth name before he took this one? A name, by the way, that unlike other warlocks speaks not of mourning or solitude (Loss, Fell, Fade, Gray) but of pure destruction, which says everything about what Magnus thinks of himself and his origins.
In short, the entire concept of him being the son of a Prince of Hell represents everything I wanted and nothing I ever got. That tag is purely about my extreme thirst for Magnus being Magnus. Not the guy who’s one half of a ship, not a glittery warlock with a great fashion sense, but Magnus Fucking Bane, the man who understands exactly who he is and what he’s capable of, who loves with all of his heart and would prefer to tell stupid stories about how he was totes BFFs with Julius Caesar but who will not hesitate to fuck your shit up if you mess with his people and when he’s done, his eyeliner will not have a single smudge. It is for Magnus lounging at his nightclub like a king. It is for Magnus carving his history and tainted birthright into his own name, but still clinging to the belief that he’s human and a good man.
After Prince Albert’s death in 1861 at the age of 42, Queen Victoria was overwhelmed with grief. One manifestation of this grief was an intense dislike of changes to the homes the couple had shared and which Albert had taken the lead in decorating. No painting or photograph was to be moved without the Queen’s permission. Only when wallpapers or carpets had became obviously worn were they replaced and their replacements had to be as close to the original as possible. Photographs were taken of the arrangement of all of the rooms to help ensure that they stayed the same.
April 19th 1956: Wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
On this day in 1956, the American actress Grace Kelly married
the Prince of Monaco, Rainier III. Kelly was a successful established
actress, having won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, when she met
Prince Rainier. The couple met at the Cannes Film Festival, stayed in
contact, and soon were engaged to be married. It was important for
Rainier to marry and produce an heir as a 1918 treaty provided that if
there was no heir, Monaco would return to France. The wedding was an
elaborate fanfare, with many calling it ‘the wedding of the century’.
The civil ceremony took place the day before the April 19th wedding, but
the church event the next day was the real spectacle, with around 30
million people watching on television. Kelly soon retired from acting to
focus on her duties in Monaco, and as a mother to the couple’s three
children. Princess Grace died in 1982, aged 52, after suffering a stroke
while driving, which led to her crashing the vehicle. It was a tragedy
for Monaco and the world, and her funeral received the same calibre of
distinguished guests as her wedding had 26 years earlier. Prince Rainier
did not remarry, and was buried alongside her when he died in 2005.
On this day in music history: November 4, 1984 - Prince & The Revolution kick off the “Purple Rain Tour” at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI, playing the first of seven sold out nights at the venue. Supported on the tour by opening acts Sheila E. and Apollonia 6, the tour is a massive success and plays thirty three cities, performing a total of eighty seven shows to a combined audience of over 1.7 million people. Though the set list for the show remains largely consistent throughout the tour, Prince also debuts new songs during the shows such as “Raspberry Beret” and “America” (from the forthcoming “Around The World In A Day”), and “4 The Tears In Your Eyes” (released on the “We Are The World” benefit album in April 1985). The March 30, 1985 show at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY is videotaped and released on home video as “Prince & The Revolution Live!” (nominated for a Grammy for Best Longform Video) later in the year. The tour concludes on April 7, 1985 at the Orange Bowl (redubbed “The Purple Bowl” for that night’s performance) in Miami, FL.
On this day in 1485, King Richard III of England died during the Battle of Bosworth Field, making him the last English monarch to die in battle. Before ascending to the throne, Richard served as protector of the realm for his nephew,
the 12 year old King Edward V. Supposedly to protect him before his coronation, Richard had the young king and his brother lodged in the royal palace of the Tower of London. However, Edward’s claim to the throne was declared invalid and Richard claimed the throne for himself. Soon after Richard’s coronation in July 1483, ‘the Princes in the Tower’ mysteriously disappeared, leading many to believe Richard had them killed to consolidate his claim to the
throne. Richard’s reign, and indeed much of that of his predecessors,
was dominated by the Wars of the Roses. These wars for the throne were
fought during the mid to late fifteenth century between the houses of
Lancaster and York, rival factions of the royal House of
Plantagenet. Richard III was a Yorkist and contributed to many of his
house’s early victories in the conflict, helping ensure his brother and
then his nephew’s reign. However, Richard III was destined to become the
last king of both the House of York and the Plantagenet dynasty itself.
He was defeated and killed by the forces of Lancastrian Henry Tudor in the Battle
of Bosworth Field on 22nd August 1485, ending the Wars of the Roses and allowing Henry to become King and
begin the rule of the Tudors. Richard III was buried unceremoniously at Grey Friars Church, and his remains were lost for centuries, until an excavation in 2012 found his skeleton
under a car park in the city of Leicester. The subsequent renewed interest in Richard III, so maligned by William Shakespeare in the eponymous play as a murderer and “poisonous bunch-back’d toad”, was partly shaped by revisionist attempts to emphasise the positive aspects of his reign and character. In 2015, 530 years after his death, King Richard III was reburied in Leicester in a ceremony as befit a king.
On this day in music history: September 14, 1993 - “The Hits/B-Sides” by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA, Alpha Studios in Burbank, CA, The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood Sound, Ocean Way Recording Studios, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA, Monterey Sound Studios in Glendale, CA, Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Galpin Boulevard Home Studio, Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, Lake Minnetonka Home Studio in Minnetonka, MN, The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, Washington Park Warehouse, Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN, and Olympic Studios in London from October 1977 - January 1993. The fifty-six track career spanning compilation covers Prince’s output from 1978 until 1993, plus five new and/or previously unreleased songs. Discs 1 & 2 (“The Hits 1” and “The Hits 2”) are sold separately, but the third disc containing rare non-album B-sides is only available with the full set. Prince’s former road manager Alan Leeds writes the liner notes for the set. The set is issued by Warner Bros after they refuse to release the album “Goldnigga”, the debut album by his band the New Power Generation (Prince releases the album on his own NPG Record label in July 1993). The label had wanted to issue a greatest hits compilation in 1991, but the project was put on the back burner when Prince gives them the “Diamonds And Pearls” album instead. There is also an accompanying hour long video compilation released the same day titled “The Hits Collection” (initially released on VHS and LaserDisc only, later issued on DVD on June 8, 1999), featuring thirteen music videos with twelve classics and the video for the new track “Peach”. “The Hits/B-Sides” peaks at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in 1979, the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, Louis Mountbatten, was killed by the IRA, aged seventy-nine. The bomb blast on Mountbatten’s boat, sailing near the border of Northern Ireland, also killed one of his grandsons and two others. The bombing followed the murder of Catholic civilians by loyalists in Ireland, and the separatist Irish Republican Army quickly claimed responsibility for the attack on Mountbatten, which they called an ‘execution’, stating that they targeted him to draw attention to the oppressive presence of British troops in Ireland. The murder of the Queen’s second cousin and Prince Philip’s uncle, who had been a prominent military officer and diplomat, prompted outrage throughout Britain and increased violence in Ireland. Thomas McMahon was arrested and convicted of the bombing, but was eventually released as a provision of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement between Britain and Northern Ireland. Only hours after the attack on Mountbatten, eighteen British soldiers in Northern Ireland were killed by two car bombs planted by the IRA. The Warrenpoint ambush, as it was known, was the deadliest attack on the British army during the Troubles. A memorial service for the victims, which included a civilian, was held in September. Mountbatten’s funeral, attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, also took place in September at Westminster Abbey.
On this day in music history: January 6, 1982 - “Let’s Work” by Prince is released. Written, performed and produced by Prince, it is the ninth single release for the singer, songwriter, musician and producer from Minneapolis, MN. Originally written as “Let’s Rock” after the popular dance “The Rock”, the song is initially to be released as a stand alone single following his self-titled second album. When Warner Bros. nixes the idea, Prince reworks the song and re-titles it “Let’s Work”. Released as the second single from Prince’s fourth album “Controversy”, it quickly becomes another hit on the R&B chart and on the dance floor. It also is issued in extended form as his first commercially released 12" single six weeks later on February 17, 1982 (featuring “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)”, the first of the artists’ numerous non-LP single B-sides on the flip side). “Let’s Work” peaks at #9 on the Billboard R&B singles chart on March 27, 1982, also hitting number one on the Billboard Club Play chart (paired with “Controversy”) on November 14, 1981. The extended 12" mix of “Let’s Work” makes its belated CD debut when it is included on the double disc compilation “Ultimate Prince” in 2006. “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)” is released on the triple CD set “The Hits/B-Sides” in 1993.