A pair of gloves worn by Queen Victoria at the Christening of Lady Victoria Cecil and a letter from Windsor Castle.

Lady Victoria Cecil, the youngest child of Brownlow, 2nd Marquess of Exeter (1795-1867), and his wife, Isabella, was christened in the Chapel at Burghley on the evening of 13th November 1844, when Prince Albert stood as sponsor, or godparent. 

The marchioness wished to retain a memento of the occasion and an attempt was made to preserve a wreath of chrysanthemums the Queen had worn in her hair, using the new method of electrogilding.

This proved unsuccessful and shortly afterwards, one of the Queen’s ladies wrote to the marchioness from Windsor Castle: ‘having word of your disappointment about the Queen’s wreath …….Her Majesty desired me to send you the pair of gloves worn by her royal hands on the day of Ly Victoria Cecil’s Christening, and not since.’


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