Queen Victoria posed in her wedding dress for pictures years later as photography was not used in 1840. Honiton lace was one of the most desired and valuable laces throughout the 17th, and early 18th century, particularly in France, but the late 18th century saw the introduction of machine-made Honiton lace substitutes, and the industry went into a massive decline. Queen Victoria attempted to revive the lace industry by commissioning an enormous piece of Honiton lace for her wedding dress.
On January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria died at half past six in the evening, at the age of 81. She had been Queen of the United Kingdom since the age of 18, and her reign of is still the longest of any monarch in British history. She was also the longest reigning Queen Regnant of any country, ruling for a total of 63 years, 216 days. With her death, the House of Hanover came to an end. She was succeeded on the throne by her eldest son, Edward VII, who belonged to his father’s house
The German Prince Consort Albert and Queen Victoria gave birth to nine children and the concept of Victorianism. The couple drastically altered public ideas about British royalty by cleaning up the scandalous image of the court and replacing it with a homespun one of a couple very much in love, nurturing a large and closely knit family. Otto Herschan/Getty Images
Queen Victoria and her page (1882–1887), Arthur Ponsonby 1st Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede (16 February 1871 – 23 March 1946), would grow up to become a British politician, writer, and social activist. He was the third son of Sir Henry Ponsonby, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria, and the great-grandson of Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough.