Victoria & Albert: The Wedding

Deborah Gilbert | January 3, 2019


The Masterpiece drama Victoria returns for a new Season 3 on Sunday, January 13, and if you can’t get enough of it and are interested in more history behind royal traditions and the wedded bliss of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, you are going to LOVE the two-part documentary Victoria & Albert: The Wedding. The program delves into their ceremony and celebration that took place February 10, 1840. It airs (and streams) at 10 p.m. right after the first two Victoria broadcasts on the Sundays of January 13 and 21. Stream the first episode now. Thirteen members can stream both episodes now with the member benefit THIRTEEN Passport.

Victoria (seated) and Albert (standing in red) at their wedding ceremony depicted in Victoria & Albert: The Wedding.

Victoria (seated) and Albert (standing in red) at their wedding ceremony depicted in Victoria & Albert: The Wedding.

The host is the fabulous story teller Lucy Worsley, the historian in residence at Hampton Court Palace, who was recently made an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by a descendent of Victoria: Queen Elizabeth.

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Worsley gives us all new insights into Victoria and Albert’s unusual and trend-setting wedding by meticulously recreating it – and explaining how and why decisions were made every step of the way. From the white gown, to all the guests’ fashions, to the seating chart (which said everything about who was in the Queen’s favor and who was not), to Lord Melbourne’s part in it all. It was Lord M. – the mentor and confidant of Queen Victoria – who invented the Royal Wedding industrial complex that fascinates the world today! A chef working on the docu-drama even recreates Mr. Francatelli’s dishes for the elaborate 100-dish wedding breakfast – and we get to hear a lovely piece of music that Prince Albert composed. The program is absolutely fascinating!

Victoria with bridesmaids, getting ready for ceremony.

Victoria with bridesmaids, getting ready for ceremony.

For even more on Royal Wedding protocol, stream the five-episode PBS series Royal Wedding Watch. It centers on the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 and also features Lucy Worsley among the etiquette experts and historians.

Historian Lucy Worsley in front of Queen Victoria statue.

Historian Lucy Worsley in front of Queen Victoria statue in Victoria & Albert: The Wedding.