The entire transcript from Queen Victoria’s diary of her wedding day, as copied by Princess Beatrice –
Slept well & breakfasted at ½ p. 9, before which Mama came, bringing me a nosegay of orange flowers, & good Lehzen gave me a dear little ring. — Wrote my Journal & saw Ld Melbourne. — Had my hair dressed & the wreath of orange flowers put on my head. My wreath & veil were worn, according to the rough sketch. — Saw my precious Albert alone, for the last time as my Bridegroom, & he fetched in Uncle & Ernest for a moment. — At ½ p. 12 I set off, dearest Albert having gone before, & Mama & the Dss of Sutherland went with me in the carriage. I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire branch. I never saw such crowds as there were in the Park, & they cheered most enthusiastically.
When I arrived at St. James’s Palace, I went into the Dressingroom arranged for me, where my 12 young Train Bearers were waiting, dressed all in white with wreaths of white roses in their hair which had a very pretty effect. I waited a little while till Albert’s Procession had moved into the Chapel. I then went with my Train Bearers & Ladies into the Throne Room, where my Procession was formed, Ld Melbourne, in his fine new Dress Coat, bearing the Sword of State, with Ld Uxbridge & Ld Belfast, on either side of him, walking immediately before me. Queen Anne’s Room was full of people, ranged on seats one above the other, as also the Guard Room, & all along the staircase, — all very friendly. The Procession looked beautiful going downstairs, & along part of the Colour Court, which was all covered in, & full of people, who were most cordial. The Flourish of Trumpets ceased, as I entered the Chapel, when the organ began to play.
At the altar, on my right, stood my beloved Albert, Mama being on my left, as also Uncles Sussex & Cambridge & Aunt Augusta; on Albert’s right stood the Queen Dowr then, Uncle Ernest, Ernest, Aunt Cambridge, with little Mary, George & Augusta’s Pss Sophia Matilda. Ld Melbourne with the Sword of State, stood close to me. The Ceremony was very impressive & fine, yet simple, & I think ought to make an imperishable impression, on every one who promises at the altar to keep the vows he or she have have made. Albert repeated everything very distinctly. I felt so happy when he placed the ring on my finger. As soon as the Service was over, the Procession retuned as it came, with the exception, that dearest Albert led me out! The applause was very great, coming through the Colour Court. Ld Melbourne, good man, was quite affected during the Ceremony & at the applause.
We all, went back into the Throne Room where the signing of the Register took place. We then went into the Closet, the Royal Family waiting with us there, whilst the Ladies got into their carriages. I gave all the Train Bearers, as a souvenir, a small eagle brooch in turquoises. Returned alone, with dear Albert, to Buckingham Palace. The crowd was immense & & cheered us warmly & heartily. In the Hall, which was full of people, they cheered us again & again. The Green Drawingroom & Throne Room were filled with persons of rank, even numbers of Children being there. I went with dear Albert into my Dressing Room & we sat down on the sofa there & talked together till it was time to go down to the Wedding Breakfast. All the Company was assembled when we went into the Drawingroom, Albert leading me in, my train being carried by 3 Pages, Cowell, little Wemyss & dear little Byng.
I sat between Uncle Sussex & dearest Albert. He & I, drank a glass of wine with Ld Melbourne, who seemed much affected by everything. After the Breakfast, I talked to all. Little Mary behaved so well, both in the Chapel & during the Breakfast. I then went upstairs & undressed, putting on a white silk gown, trimmed with swan’s down & a bonnet with orange flowers. Albert had also gone downstairs to change his clothes. — At ¼ to 4 Ld Melbourne came to me & I shook hands with him & he kissed my hand. Talked of how well everything had gone off. “Nothing could have been better”, he said, & of the people being in such good humour; — of my receiving the Addresses from the Houses of Lords & Commons; — of his coming down to Windsor in time for dinner. Dearest Albert came & fetched me downstairs, where we took leave of Mama & drove off at about 4, — I, & Albert alone, which was so delightful.
There were immense crowds outside the Palace, which I must add, never ceased, until we reached Windsor Castle. Our reception was most enthusiastic, hearty, & gratifying in every way; we were quite deaf from the noise of the cheering. People on horseback & in gigs, driving along with us. We came through Eton where all the Boys received us most kindly, shouting & cheering. Really, I was quite touched. We only arrived at 7, followed by the Ladies & Gentlemen of the Household, & went at once to our rooms. My large Dressingroom is now our sitting room. The 3 little blue rooms are Albert’s, the next little one his Dressingroom, then comes our Bedroom & my Dressingroom. A little way off are Lehzen’s 2 rooms.
After looking over our rooms & seeing that all was right, I changed my dress, & came back to Albert’s small sitting-room, where he was sitting, wearing his Windsor Uniform coat, I had such a sick headache, that I could eat nothing at dinner, & had to remain on the sofa the rest of the evening. Dearest Albert remained sitting near me & his excessive kindness & affection gave me such a feeling of deep happiness & contentment. How can I ever be thankful enough, to have such a Husband! May God help me to do my duty as I ought & to be worthy of such blessings!
Featured Image – pen and ink sketch by Queen Victoria from her original diary entry
Sources – Queen Victoria’s Journals website