"the Queen’s twelve bridesmaids"
At her wedding, Queen Victoria
’s dress train was carried by her twelve bridesmaids
, who were all eldest daughters of peers. Behind them in the procession followed the ladies of the bedchamber, maids of honour and six men-at-arms. Records of who exactly the bridesmaids were are a little vague, but we know that nine of them were Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope, Lady Caroline Lennox, Lady Elizabeth Howard, Lady Mary Fitzalan Howard, Lady Sarah Villiers, Lady Jane Bouverie, Lady Mary Grimston, Lady Frances Cowper
and Lady Elizabeth Sackville West
All the bridesmaids wore white satin off-the-shoulder dresses which, like the Queen’s wedding dress, had been designed by herself and were ornamented with sprays of roses.