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Queen Victoria Wore White ... Now It's Tradition

Queen Victoria's wedding dress on diplay in Kensington Palace in March 2012.

© Britta Gürke/dpa/Corbis

When Queen Victoria wore a white wedding gown, it was considered stylish but a rather conservative fashion choice. (And when she married her cousin Albert in 1840, it was also a color you'd wear while in mourning.) Trends at the time were toward colorful dresses, or, for many women, wearing their best dress along with all their best accessories. Victoria's white dress adorned with orange blossoms, however, was an immediate fashion hit, inspiring women to wear white; the color quickly became a symbol of purity, innocence and chastity.

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