The wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is being authentically re-staged for TV this Christmas.
The ceremony originally took place on 10th February 1840 at London’s St. James’s Palace.
Historian Lucy Worsley will recreate the most important elements of the wedding and the celebrations, scouring history books, archives, newspapers and Queen Victoria’s diaries for the details.
She’ll be aided by a team of experts, including food historian Annie Gray, clothing expert Harriet Waterhouse and military historian Jasdeep Singh.
Victoria & Albert: The Royal Wedding will air at 8.30pm on Friday 21st December on BBC Two in the UK.
It’ll air in the USA as in two parts at 10pm on Sunday 13th January and Sunday 20th January on PBS.
The wedding was dramatised in ITV’s period drama series Victoria in 2016.
The official synopsis for Victoria & Albert: The Royal Wedding reads: “Like every good marriage celebration, the film is a heady mix of fine food, fabulous clothes, music, emotion, gossip and intrigue.
“From the white dress to the massive tiered white cake, from the music sung by the choir to the moment rings were exchanged, each element will be carefully researched and remade for a grand staging of the big day itself.
“Woven into the recreation of the wedding day will be the story of Victoria and Albert’s courtship and engagement, and its political importance. Lucy will unpack and explore the hidden iconography and symbolism of this hugely significant wedding and reveal new insights into Victoria and Albert’s relationship, both public and private.
“The film will also shed new light on the wider implications of the wedding, and reveal how this one extraordinary event helped to invent modern marriage.”
The new season of Victoria begins on ITV in the UK and on PBS in the USA next month.
The first two seasons of Victoria are out now on DVD on Amazon.