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Lichfield auctioneers to sell off one of Queen Victoria’s gowns

The dress which belonged to Queen Victoria

The dress which belonged to Queen Victoria

A gown worn by Queen Victoria will go under the hammer in Lichfield.

The black silk two-piece is expected to raise more than £2,000 when it is sold by Hansons Auctioneers.

It was on display at Kensington Palace until April as part of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection.

Manager Charles Hanson said: “The garments are in fine condition, the bodice and trained skirt are trimmed with black lace, chiffon, matt black sequins and mourning crepe.”

The gown, dating to around 1890 and comprising a bodice and skirt with train belonged to Queen Victoria and was passed to the present owner’s family by a Lady-in-waiting at the beginning of the century.

The item was consigned to the Lichfield auction house during one of their Lichfield Guildhall valuation days and will now be sold as part of the summer fine art sale on June 28 and 29.

“We hope that the public will come along to our viewing day on Thursday (June 27) and witness this fantastic garment worn by one of our most iconic monarchs,” said junior valuer Elizabeth Bailey.

“We hope that the gown is acquired by an institution that will allow the public to view it and imagine our Queen Victoria wearing it during her long reign from 1837-1901.”

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