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Re: Royal Wedding of 1863 and Gravesends Role
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 09:47:46 »
Wow, Ive heard some really impressive things about Queen Victoria but I had no idea that she openly defied "God's Law" and that the church officials were ok with it:)


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Re: Royal Wedding of 1863 and Gravesends Role
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012, 16:24:20 »

"The date of the wedding proved difficult ton. The Prince did not want to wait until the summer of 1863; the Queen felt May weddings were unlucky and April was reserved for the birth of a grandchild. All that was left was March, but at this point the Archbishop of Canterbury weakly reminded the Queen that it was against church law to have weddings during Lent. To the Queen this was mere 'prejudice' and she informed the Archbishop that in her youth there had been no Lent: the marriage was to be on March 10th."


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Re: Royal Wedding of 1863 and Gravesends Role
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 05:52:19 »
The Royal marriage of 1863 took place on 10th March, and was between Albert Edward, son of Queen Victoria, and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. They married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Edward was 21; Alexandra was 18.

After the recent Royal Wedding which was not really celebrated in great style , it is interesting to see what an occasion was made of the event back in 1863.
Minera and Coedpoeth seems to have had an especially happy day. That was in the days before `elf and safetly ` would have stepped in and put the `mockers` on the festivities, especially the bonfire


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Royal Wedding of 1863 and Gravesends Role
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2011, 00:00:29 »
Back in March 1863 a royal wedding took place which put the town of Gravesend in the spotlight. The wedding was between Prince Albert Edward, eldest son of Queen Victoria and Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

To the consternation of his parents, Prince Edward was a playboy and lady's man (he had a string of mistresses during his lifetime). This scandalous behaviour was deemed inappropriate for the heir to the throne and it was decided he must be married without delay.

Prince Edward's sister Princess Victoria of Prussia was given the role of matchmaker and eventually a nineteen year old "minor" European royal Princess Alexandra was selected. The wedding date was set for the 10th March 1863.

Preparations for the royal wedding were meticulous and said to have cost over a million pounds.

The nation and Royal family had been through a long period of mourning following the death of Prince Albert from typhoid and the wedding was seen as chance to finally move on from this.

On 28th February, the "Rose of Denmark" as Alexandra was popularly known, began her long journey from Copenhagen to England. She travelled through Germany and Belgium eventually arriving in the port of Antwerp.

On 5th March, Princess Alexandra boarded the British royal yacht Victoria and Albert for the voyage to Gravesend. The yacht was accompanied by a large squadron of Royal Navy warships decked overall in bunting and flags.

On the morning of the 7th March the royal party reached the Kent coast. Guns were fired in welcome and local dignitaries from Margate sent by boat to greet the Princess. The Victoria and Albert proceeded into the Thames Estuary accompanied by a large flotilla of pleasure boats packed with well wishers.

Both banks of the Thames were lined with spectators eager to catch a glimpse of the Princess. At 1120 in the morning on the 7th March the Victoria and Albert came safely alongside at the Terrace Pier, Gravesend to tumultuous applause from the gathered crowds.

At considerable expense the town corporation appointed a professional decorator to plan and co-ordinate the flags and bunting on the nearby houses. Stands for up to 1200 people were built at the pier entrance and garlanded arches erected every forty feet along Harmer Street and New Road - the route of the royal procession to Gravesend station.

At the same time the Victoria and Albert was making fast at the pier Prince Albert's royal train arrived at the station. The Prince was driven by carriage to the pier and went aboard to meet his future bride (who incidentally he had only met a handful of times previously).

The couple were greeted by the Bishop of Rochester and the lady mayoress presented the Princess with a large bouquet of flowers. As the royal couple walked along the pier sixty young Kentish girls dressed in red and white in honour of the Princess, strewed violets and primroses before them.

All the while church bells rang and guns were fired both from warships in the river and from Tilbury Fort.

The royal couple and their entourage were taken by carriages to Gravesend station and from their proceeded slowly via London to Windsor Castle to meet Queen Victoria. All along the route massive crowds clamoured to see the Prince and Princess.

The wedding took place on 10th March at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and Alexandra eventually became Queen consort on the death of Victoria in 1901.

Despite being more or less an arranged marriage and her husband's well documented affairs, it lasted over forty seven years.



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