Silk stockings belonging to Queen Victoria to go on sale in an auction

Silk stockings once owned by Queen Victoria to go up for auction along with clothes worn by her children – including shoes, gloves and socks worth up to £3,000

  • Vintage clothing worn by Queen Victoria and her children is set to be auctioned
  • Royal collection includes silk stockings worn by Queen and monogrammed VR
  • Children’s shoes, gloves and socks date to 1840s and are worth up to £3,000
  • They are on sale with Kerry Taylor Auctions to be auctioned online on June 15

A collection of vintage clothing worn by Queen Victoria and some of her nine children is to be auctioned next week.

Two pairs of silk stockings once owned by the monarch, each knitted with large imperial crowns and monogrammed VR [Victoria Regina] are set to be sold. 

An assortment of tiny shoes, gloves and socks, dated as early as the 1840s and said to be worth as much as £3,000, will also go under the hammer at Kerry Taylor Auctions’ Vintage, Antique Textiles & Passion for Fashion sale on June 15.

Vintage clothing worn by Queen Victoria and her children is set to be auctioned next week including an assortment of tiny shoes, gloves and socks, dating to the 1840s

They were kept in a wooden box by the children’s nanny, Mary Thurston, who was employed by the royal family for 22 years until 1867.

The collection includes a pair of grey wool and black patent ankle boots with ‘Princess Alice’ inscribed on the sole, and a pair of ivory satin slippers worn by Victoria’s first child, also named Victoria.

There is also a pair of 13cm-long brown leather shoes with ankle straps, probably worn by Victoria’s third son Arthur, and a pair of shoes possibly for Albert Edward who grew up to become King Edward VII. 

Two pairs of silk stockings once owned by the former Queen, each knitted with large imperial crowns and monogrammed VR [Victoria Regina] are set to be auctioned

Collection includes a pair of grey wool and black patent ankle boots with ‘Princess Alice’ inscribed on the sole, and a pair of ivory satin slippers worn by Victoria’s first child, also named Victoria (pictured)

Victoria was born in 1819 to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. 

She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father’s three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children and reigned from 1837 to 1901. 

Victoria was the longest-serving monarch in the UK at 63 years and seven months until Queen Elizabeth II broke the record in September 2015.

Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 and they had nine children; Victoria (born 1840), Albert Edward (b. 1841), Alice (b. 1843), Alfred (b. 1844), Helena (b. 1846), Louise (b. 1848), Arthur (b. 1850), Leopold (b. 1853) and Beatrice (b. 1857).

Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901. She married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 and they had nine children

More recent items will also be available, including three British-made bespoke creations for Sarah, Duchess of York.

They are a teal printed day dress which was worn during a visit to the Berlin Wall in May 1989, a pink floral silk dress worn twice in 1987, and a bright green silk ensemble worn at Royal Ascot in 1991.

The most expensive of the three is said to be worth £300.

More recent items will also be available at the June 15 auction with Kerry Taylor Auctions, including three British-made bespoke creations for Sarah, Duchess of York

They include a teal printed day dress which was worn during a visit to the Berlin Wall in May 1989 (pictured)

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