The wedding dress of Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only legitimate child of the future King George IV, is going on display for the time in over a decade. It will be part of the new exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace: Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians.
The exhibition explores the fashion of Georgian Britain through clothes, jewellery, paintings and accessories. All layers of society will be covered.
Princess Charlotte’s dress is the only surviving royal wedding gown from the Georgian period, although it does appear to have been altered somewhat. She followed the European tradition of wearing silver, despite white wedding dresses already being a popular choice.
Her mother also wore silver for her wedding. Also on display, for the first time, is a portrait of that wedding ceremony with the silver and gold dress samples for the bride and the royal guests.
Also on display will be diamond rings given to Queen Charlotte on her wedding day and a bracelet with lockets containing locks of hair.
Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians is at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 21 April – 8 October 2023.