Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Victoria & Albert after a Drawing Room

The Queen and Prince Albert, Buckingham Palace. Photo by Roger Fenton, 11 May 1854.

In preparation of the British Royal Wedding we interupt our program to present a photo of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert  wearing court dress, having just attended a Drawing Room, a formal ceremony at St James’s Palace in which people were presented to the Queen. This image, one of a set of at least six, is the first photograph of the Queen as a reigning monarch rather than as wife or mother.

Drawing Room of Queen Victoria, a Ceremony of Presentation. Drawn by J. Gilbert, 1841.

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  1. Interesting post. I cannot recall if I've seen this photo before or not.

  2. These are really amazing pictures. It's probably the first time I'm seeing a picture of the wedding of Queen Victoria. Didn't knew cameras existed back then.


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