Just the title of this blog makes me laugh!
You know, while other writers are blogging updates on the RWA conference and sharing brilliant bits of history and even offering tips on writing, I'm here to talk about underwear. Royal underwear as a matter of fact. I know, I have a rather irreverent attitude, but we'd all be a lot happier of we didn't take ourselves so seriously. So loosen up and enjoy this one.
A Canadian buyer paid $9,000 at auction for a pair of Queen Victoria's bloomers. The handmade knickers, modeled in the photo by Samantha Rhodes, date back to the 1890s and bear the monogram "VR" for Victoria Regina. They have a 50-inch waist.
The auctioneer said Queen Victoria's underpants belonged to "a very big lady of quite small stature with a very wide girth." She was said to be 5 feet tall.
The handmade knickers -- which date back to the 1890s -- bear the monogram "VR" for Victoria Regina. They are open-crotch style, with separate legs joined by a drawstring at the waist, a popular style in the late Victorian era.
The royal drawers belonged to a family in western England whose ancestor was a lady-in-waiting for the queen.
"These pants, considering their provenance and pedigree, are very exciting," the auctioneer said. "They are monogrammed and crested and we know that they are hers."
Also up for auction was Queen Victoria's chemise, with a 66-inch bust, sold for $8,000. Her nightgown sold for $11,000.
Queen Victoria lived from 1819 to 1901. She became queen at age 18 and was the U.K.'s longest-reigning monarch. Her reign is noted for both imperial expansion--no pun intended -- well, okay yes it was -- and the decreasing political power of the monarch.
And there you have it -- er -- them. Vintage royal knickers.