Prince Albert Edward and Princess Alexandra
Way back in 1863, this was one of the first royal wedding photos ever. Queen Victoria’s eldest son, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, married Princess Alexandra of Denmark on March 10. The wedding took place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. At the time, Queen Victoria was mourning her husband, Prince Albert, who had passed away in 1861. She wore black to the ceremony and stood above the proceedings on a balcony rather than taking part in the procession. Prince Albert Edward would become King Edward VII in 1901. Here, his wife Princess Alexandra poses in her beautiful English silk gown. Speaking of royal wedding dresses, learn about Kate Middleton’s little-known second wedding dress.
Prince George and Princess Victoria Mary
Thirty years after his own wedding, Prince Albert Edward (then King Edward VII)’s son, Prince George, married Victoria Mary, the princess of Teck (a castle in Germany’s kingdom of Württemberg). The circumstances of this wedding ceremony were rather grim; Princess Victoria Mary was originally betrothed to Prince George’s older brother, Albert Victor, who died in 1892. Both Queen Victoria (Prince George’s grandmother) and Victoria Mary’s own parents made it clear that they wanted George and Victoria Mary to wed, and they did on July 6, 1893. In spite of the tragic circumstances, the couple seemed happy together and remained married until George’s death. The ceremony took place at the Chapel Royal in St. James’ Palace.