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Queen Victoria’s wedding
Part III: the jewelry
Unexpected, Queen Victoria didn’t wear a tiara at her wedding. The bride chose to bring only a floral arrangement under her head, containing orange blossom flowers, which are associated with chastity. The flowers were also present in her bouquet, which also contained myrtle, a flower associated with fertility. In the case of Victoria, who had nine children, the floral arrangement was seen as a good omen, which made all subsequent British brides use it.
Without a tiara, the jewel that most attracted attention in Victoria was the expressive sapphire brooch, a gift of her fiancé, Prince Albert. The brooch, which contains a sapphire surrounded by twelve diamonds, was placed in the testament of Victoria as the monarch's jewel and is still used by the current Queen, Elizabeth II (photos 4 [during de Kennedy’s state visit], 5 and 6). Albert even ordered a smaller version of this brooch, which is currently in use of the Princess Royal (photos 7 and 8).