Wedding dress - the princess line bridal gown
Posted on 9th April 2019 at 09:21
Will a princess line bridal gown suit you?
Choosing the right shape of wedding dress for you is a daunting task. Choose the correct shape and you'll have your guests gasping in delight. The wrong shape and at best it will go down like a lead balloon. The princess line bridal gown is a popular shape due to its very forgiving nature. Bridal wear should always flatter and this type of wedding dress rarely fails to please.
This style of wedding dress was first created for Princess Alexandra of Denmark. At the tender age of 16 she was chosen to marry Queen Victoria's son, Albert Edward. He later became Edward VII.....
It's an odd fact that European kings were often chosen from the ranks of suitable europeans by consensus. Alexandra's father was King of Denmark but her brother was king of Greece. After a year of courting Edward proposed and in 1863 Alexandra arrived in Gravesend, Kent. She travelled from Denmark on the royal yacht, Victoria and Albert II. The composer Sir Arthur Sullivan composed music for her arrival. The poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote an ode for her:
Sea King's daughter from over the sea,
Saxon and Norman and Danes are we,
But all of us Danes in our welcome of thee,
A welcome to Alexandra, Alfred Lord Tennyson
Alexandra wore her bridal gown at St George's Chapel, Windsor in 1863. The choice of venue was controversial as it was considered too small for the waiting crowds. The ladies were required to wear grey, lilac or mauve due to the recent death of Prince Albert. I suspect it was an oddly beautiful palette.
The bride's wedding dress was designed by Charles Worth. The bridal gown was made of white silk satin, trimmed with orange bloom, myrtle and honiton lace. It had a 21 foot train, which was carried by 8 bridesmaids. Each wore a bridesmaids dress made of white glace silk, with tulle netting and trimmed with roses. Alexandra became quite the fashion icon setting a trend for royal brides of today.
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