From a ruinous liturgy where the groom was already married, to the greatest wedding that never happened, the historian selects best available notebooks about royal matches

Royal marries would not exist in their present form had it not been for Queen Victoria. Her 1840 extravaganza of white-hot and purity was meant to show how different she was from her predecessors George IV and William IV, “whos” seen as immoral and extravagant. Before Victoria, brides wore any emblazons and imperial weds were quiet, frequently late-night circumstances. When she drove to the ceremony in an open posture, wearing a white-hot garb, the monstrous grey wed was carry, with a celebration that was designed to foster and secure public aid. As Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan show in their compelling contemplate Victoria and Albert, it was the opening up of the imperial couple’s stellar propaganda campaign, selling an image of the ideal family to the country and the empire.

There are plenty of bad royal unions in record, but perhaps the most difficult is the question of George IV and Caroline of Brunswick, captured with skill by Amanda Foreman in Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Flora Fraser in The Unruly Queen. George, then the Prince of Wales, had an set union to the young German princess. Caroline arrived just before the bridal, and “hes been” terrified on their first see, smashing from the chamber and asking strong drink. She was equally unimpressed.” By God is he ever so fat ?” she questioned.” He searches nothing like his description “. The wedding was a catastrophe, the groom drink and grieving like a child for Maria Fitzherbert, a Catholic whom he’d illegally married in secret.

And the most tragic wedding? There is hot competition, but I would choose Lady Jane Grey, who in May 1553 was married at merely 15 to Lord Guildford Dudley, as Philippa Gregory narrates in her moving novel The Last-place Tudor. The teenage prince, Edward VI, was more sick to listen but Lady Jane, dressed in silver-tongued and amber, danced happily. However, her brand-new father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, ensure her as a route to superpower. Jane certainly became queen in the weeks after her wedding, but she predominated for only nine eras. Within nine months of their bridal, both bride and groom were executed.

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