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.
Queen Victoria ruled from 1837 until her death in 1901, marking the beginning and end of the Victorian era. She took the throne at age 18 and is the longest reigning monarch to date. Her marriage to Prince Albert, with whom she was deeply in love, brought 9 children.
Reign: June 20, 1837 – January 22, 1901 Queen Victoria was ruler of the United Kingdom for 67 years, longer than any other British monarch. During her reign, the British Empire expanded to encompass one quarter of the land on the Earth, making it the largest empire ever. The United Kingdom flourished under her reign, with the Industrial Revolution taking place. Victoria lent her name to the Victorian Era, a time when the United Kingdom’s power was at its zenith.
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.