A slice of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake has sold for £1,500 at an auction. It was being sold by a collector, David Gainsborough Roberts. Mr Robert has been an avid collector his whole life. The cake came in a presentation box inscribed with “The Queen’s Bridal Cake Buckingham Palace, Feby 10, 1840”, along with Queen Victoria’s signature on paper with the royal cypher. A pair of Queen Victoria’s underwear, described as “fine linen drawers with draw-string waist” and embroidered with the royal initials and crown were also sold at the auction for £16,250, which was well over the estimated sale price of £2,000-£3,000.
Queen Victoria was born on 24 May 1819 as the only child of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, fourth son of King George III and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She succeeded her uncle King William IV shortly after her 18th birthday on 20 June 1837. She married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on 10 February 1840 in the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace. She selected a white wedding dress, which was unusual for the time. She has been credited with starting a tradition of wearing white wedding dresses, although she was not the first royal to wear white.
She wrote in her diary after her wedding day, “I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert … his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before! He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness – really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband! … to be called by names of tenderness, I have never yet heard used to me before – was bliss beyond belief! Oh! This was the happiest day of my life!“
They went on to have 9 children together, including her heir King Edward VIII, who succeeded her upon her death on 22 January 1901.