Queen Victoria married her cousin, Albert, in 1840 in this wedding gown, which is here shown in a 2012 exhibition as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The gown, of silk trimmed with lace, was designed by Mrs. Bettans, one of Victoria's dressmakers.
Experts have been carrying out conservation work on the dress's fragile silk satin and lace trimming. By wearing a fashionable white, silk satin court dress instead of her robes at the wedding, the Queen diverged from protocol. The simpler style set a pattern for royal wedding dress which survives to this day.Picture: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images