Queen Victoria's slippers, 1840-1848.
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A pair of Queen Victoria's slippers, made of satin and leather and decorated with stripes of gold braid and gold rosettes, with a pair of white ribbon ties attached to each slipper. Made by Gundry and Son of 1 Soho Square, London. Victoria (1819-1901) was crowned Queen of Great Britain and Ireland at Westminster Abbey in 1838 (a year after her accesion to the throne). In 1840 she married her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, Germany, with whom she had four sons and five daughters. She achieved recognition as Empres of India in 1876, and greatly increased the prestige of the monarchy during her reign. She was the longest serving English monarch and was succeeded by her eldest son, Edward, Prince of Wales, who became Edward VII (1841-1910) after her death in 1801.