This Day in History – January 25th, 1858

Victoria in 1867, portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Victoria in 1867, portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

White dresses and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” seem like they have been quintessential elements of traditional European and North American weddings for eons, but the popularity of the white dress is only 175 years old, and the “Wedding March” only 157 years.

On February 10th, 1840, Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She selected a white dress, which was considered an unusual choice at a time when colors were more usual, and became credited with starting the tradition of white weddings and white bridal gowns.

Eighteen years later, on January 25th, 1858, the now famous piece of music was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria‘s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia; it immediately became a popular wedding recessional.

Victoria, Princess Royal, through her marriage to Friedrich, went on be the German Empress and Queen of Prussia. After her husband’s death, she became widely known as Empress FrederickShe was the eldest child of Queen Victoria of and Prince Albert, and actually died roughly seven months after her famous mother.

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