The royal pair, wearing costumes of the Charles II period, are dressed for the "Stuart Ball" which was held in the throne room of Buckingham Palace the 13th of June, 1851. (The throne room was used as the palace's ballroom until the addition of the new ballroom which was completed five years later.) The French artist Eugène Lami designed the Queen's gown, which she later described in her famous journal:
"... My costume was of grey moiré antique, ornamented with gold lace, - a very long waist & sleeves trimmed with old lace. The petticoat showing under the dress which was all open in front, was of rich gold and silver brocade (Indian manufacture) richly trimmed with silver lace... In my hair I wore an arrangement of pearls. The shoes and gloves were embroidered to match the dress."
|Lami, known for his frothy watercolor depictions of frothy royal events, left us this commemorative view of the scene.|
|The Queen and Prince Albert. (Detail of above.)|
The Queen's gown, though rather faded and tarnished, and perhaps missing some of its elements, still survives.