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Queen Victoria's mourning outfit goes under the hammer

July 1, 2012 - London

A mourning dress worn by Queen Victoria following the death of her husband Prince Albert is all set to be auctioned off in Derbyshire.

The outfit includes a black skirt with a 43 inches waist and was among items bought in a house sale in the 1970s.

Queen Victoria remained in mourning for more than 30 years after her husband died from typhoid in 1861.

The garments are expected to sell for more than 1,000 pounds, the BBC reported

The whole ensemble also includes a black silk, taffeta and bombazine bodice, undergarments and a pair of small black boots.

"The garments date back to the 1880s and include her silk undergarments, comprising a pair of silk bloomers and a chemise," the BBC quoted Charles Hanson, manager of Hanson's auctioneers in Etwall, as saying.

"Both objects are monogrammed VR [Victoria Regina].

"It's a real catwalk find. We unpack lots of cardboard boxes in our saleroom and you do not expect to unearth such important royal uniform which belonged to our longest-serving monarch," he added.


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