"she stripped off her stockings and shoes, dropping them in the canoe house. She tucked her skirt up under her waistband so that she could wade unencumbered into the water to push the canoe out"
Setting out in canoes - Credit: Frank Micklethwaite
Public DomainSetting out in canoes - Credit: Frank Micklethwaite

Imagine climbing in and out of canoes dressed like this! Little wonder that Victoria stripped off her stockings and shoes.