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Queen Victoria’s bloomers up for auction

If you’ve ever wanted to own a pair of knickers worn by royalty, you’ll get your chance to bid on them come 18 December. A pair of knickers along with a chemise worn by Queen Victoria are going to be sold at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire.

The split drawers are embroidered with VR 23. The VR stands for ‘Victoria Regina’ and the numbers represent the batch of clothing ordered. No one other than Her Majesty would wear the fine linen garment.

The waist of the drawers measures 42.5 inches. The chemise as well, has “VR” embroidered on it with VR 32. It measures 60 inches and is finished in fine lace. It is expected to go for £800.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told The Express: “The bloomers were given to the vendor’s grandmother by one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting.

“Both items are in remarkable condition considering their age.

“Items of royal memorabilia of this nature are always keenly contested, they are a cross collectable and appeal to both royal collectors and those individuals who would like to buy a rarity or conversation piece that’s a bit different.”

Up until last September, Queen Victoria was the longest-reigning British Queen in history. Her great-great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II now holds this distinction. Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. The period of her reign was called The Victorian Period. This historical time saw a change in nearly almost every aspect of Victorian life. From science to technology, politics and social change, it was a period of great expansion.

Last year, when she surpassed Queen Victoria’s reign, The Queen, publicly, was very humble about this milestone by saying: “Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones – my own is no exception – but I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness.” She never thought she’d have this title, but with her enevitable grace and stride, she has went forward with the same dedication and sense of duty and appreciation for her role as always.

Would you bid on these items? Do you find this to be odd or have you always wanted to own something once worn by royalty? Why or why not. Let us know in the comments.

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