Queen Victoria’s skirt and bodice, bloomers, stockings and leather boots – almost a complete royal outfit - have been unearthed from a wardrobe after more than 100 years.
The remarkable array of clothing, treasured for generations by the same family, belongs to 63-year-old electrical engineer Roderick Williams.
He’s now decided to sell the collection and it could potentially make more than £15,000 when it goes under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on January 21. In 2008, Hansons sold a pair of Queen Victoria’s bloomers for £4,500, a chemise for £3,800 and a nightdress for £5,200.
They sparked an international buying battle with bids coming in from Brazil, Russia, Hong Kong and New York, such is the fascination with the British monarch who reigned for 63 years.
Mr Williams, from Coltishall, near Norwich, said: “Queen Victoria’s clothing and boots are family heirlooms which were originally given to my great-great grandfather, Alexander Lamont Henderson. He worked as a royal photographer for Queen Victoria up to her death in 1901 and we think the clothes were probably given to him by servants in the royal household, perhaps in return for taking photographs of them.”
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