Kate and William: A Brief History of the Royal Wedding!
Royal Weddings: A Brief History...
Let's travel back to the twentieth century, when the royal wedding was a very different cup of English tea, much different from when William married Kate.
Before the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), royal weddings were secret affairs. They were usually held at night and in private with only a few, close family members present. Royal weddings were considered much too sacred to be witnessed by the public.
Queen Victoria Breaks the Mold!
Everyone remembers Queen Victoria as a dowdy old empress because those are the photos that are prevalent in our history books. But the reality is that she was a very attractive young woman when she married the love of her life, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg.
The Queen was only 20 years old when she asked the Prince to marry her, which was unheard of!
According to The Royal Marriages Act of 1772, all royal marriages were required to be sanctioned by the sovereign (the act is still in effect), but Victoria was the sovereign and as young and inexperienced as she was, she asked no one's permission or advice.
The Wedding that Changed the Course of History...
The Queen made the decision that she and her Prince would marry in the middle of the afternoon (the first time in royal history) because she wanted her people to be a part of the celebration. And so they were wed--Monday, February 10, 1840, at one in the afternoon, at the Royal Chapel, Saint Jame's Palace.
The day was dismal. It was pouring buckets and the wind was gusting but it didn't prevent the crowds from lining the streets to see their Queen. Her bridegroom arrived beforehand to a blare of trumpets. Three-hundred guests awaited in the chapel as he made his way to the altar.
But the Queen took them by surprise! On the arm of her Uncle, looking beautiful, stately and elegant, she was dressed in white satin rather than the customary silver worn by her predecessors. It set a precedent and began a tradition that is still with us today!
Besides changing the very nature of the royal wedding--making it what it is today (although now on a grander scale), Victoria is the reason that modern brides wear white!
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