Queen Victoria launched the white gown trend
In the Victorian era, brides generally wore the nicest dress they could buy (and re-wear) in whatever colour tickled their fancy. That all changed when Queen Victoria donned a white gown in 1840 when marrying Prince Albert. She chose white—then the colour to wear to funerals, not weddings—mainly to match the lace on her dress, but it didn’t take long for brides to follow her lead, citing the hue as a sign of purity. Here are more fun facts about colour that we take for granted!
Diana said the wrong name during her vows
Luckily, the slip wasn’t overly awkward. Instead of calling her groom “Charles Philip Arthur George,” Diana swapped the names as “Philip Charles.” She wasn’t the only one suffering from wedding jitters, though—Charles said “thy goods” in his vows instead of “my worldly goods.” Here’s what really happened between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Queen Elizabeth used ration coupons to pay for her dress
After World War II, even then-Princess Elizabeth wasn’t exempt from being limited to clothing rations. Hundreds from the British public tried sending her their own cards to supplement the 200 coupons she’d been granted, but the palace returned each one because transferring them was illegal. Here are seven more things you didn’t know about the Queen.