A Royal Wedding keepsake box

30 May 2011

Lots of brides have some sort of keepsake box, where they keep treasured little items from their special day – a scrap of lace, a fondant decoration from the cake, a surplus wedding favour bag with a few crumbling sugared almonds inside…

Photo: The Royal Collection.

Figurine from the top of the Duke and Duchess of York’s (later George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s) wedding cake, 1923. Their cake weighed over 350kg and was nearly 3 metres high!

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A sprig of artificial orange blossom from the wedding hair wreath of Princess Alexandra of Denmark (later Queen Alexandra) in 1863. Her mother in law, Queen Victoria, preserved this for posterity in an envelope.

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A finger ring presented by George III as a wedding gift to his bride, Charlotte on their wedding day, 8th September 1761. Slightly egotistical perhaps?

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A sapphire brooch given as a wedding present from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria on the day before their wedding in 1840 and treasured by her forever afterwards. It takes pride of place in her wedding portrait.

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Another wedding present for Queen Victoria – this time a diamond and ruby ring from her beloved sister, Feodora.

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Rather more soberly, Queen Victoria’s mother gave her this prayer book as a present on her wedding day in 1840. Inside the cover, the Duchess of Kent wrote: ‘Given To my beloved Victoria on her Wedding Day by Her most affectionate Mother.’ Prince Albert wasn’t forgotten and got a matching prayer book, which was covered with green velvet.

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Perhaps Prince Albert was more happy with this wedding gift from his adored Victoria? She was very proud of this present and wrote in her journal: ‘Lord M. admired the diamond Garter which Albert had on, and said “Very handsome.” I told him it was my gift; I also gave him (all before dinner) a diamond star, I had worn, and badge.’ Albert wore it on their wedding day.

Photo: The Royal Collection.

A silver box containing a square piece from Victoria and Albert’s wedding cake.

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A lace handkerchief carried by Princess Mary of Teck (later Queen Mary) on her wedding day on the 6th of July 1893.

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A lace flounce from the wedding dress of Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863. The lace is decorated with cornucopias filled with thistles, roses and shamrocks.

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Forget toasters – on Elizabeth II’s wedding day in 1947, Lord and Lady Melchett presented her this poem written by Elizabeth I inside a French psalter in 1550. A very special present indeed.

All images belong to the Royal Collection.

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