Today we celebrate Royal Women from the Richard Green archive in honour of ‘Royal Women: Alexandra, Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret: public life, personal style’ a new exhibition Fashion Museum in Bath, tracing over a century of style of key figures in the British monarchy.
The starting point for the exhibition, Princess Alexandra of Denmark’s gowns are among the most stylish. Alexandra brought her own Belgian lace wedding gown to marry the Prince of Wales, eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, at Windsor on 10th March 1863, but was ‘forced instead into a blizzard of Honiton lace and swags of orange blossom’ (Maev Kennedy, ‘The Guardian’, 30.1.18). Alexandra’s wedding dress is included in the exhibition, on loan from the Royal Collection, courtesy of Her Majesty the Queen
The following year, Alix, the Princess of Wales had their first child, Prince Albert Victor, and was painted by Franx Xaver Winterhalter and Henry Barraud, riding with her husband.
‘Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra riding in Windsor Great Park’, 1864, by Henry Barraud, previously with Richard Green.
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