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F-X. Winterhalter, Princess Alice as a Bridesmaid, 1858

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Alice, the second daughter of Queen Victoria, is shown here as a bridesmaid at the marriage of her elder sister, Victoria, to the future Emperor of Germany. Here is Winterhalter's portrait of Princess Victoria from two years earlier:
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This portrait was used as the basis for a beautiful lithograph by Richard James Lane.

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Another lithograph of the princess by Lane, here wearing an evening dress.

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For comparison, a drawing by Winterhalter himself, of a lady-in-waiting at the court of Sachsen-Altenburg.

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A print showing all the bridesmaids at Princess Victoria's wedding (or at least their dresses, since their faces are indistinguihable).

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Alice's own marriage to Ludwig of Hesse at Osborne House in July 1862. This was only six months after the death of Prince Albert, the princess had to wear mourning on either side of the ceremony, and try not to appear to happy for fear of upsetting her mother (who was thoroughly miserable anyhow).

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A photograph of the Grand Duchess of Hesse with child. It confirms the accuracy of Lane's lithograph portrait; she was a handsome woman.
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