In Royal Fashion: The Clothes of Princess Charlotte & Queen Victoria, by Kay Staniland, 1997, 192 Pages (Museum of London)
"Royal fashion is a subject of immense appeal, this is evident from the media today. This fascinating book shows that the public's demand for glitter, style and political correctness in royal dress, and its ready criticism of extravagance or lapses of taste, are nothing new. Drawing on the Museum of London's unparalleled holdings of royal costume - some of it on long-term loan from the Royal Collection - In Royal Fashion presents the clothing of Princess Charlotte (1796-1817) and her more famous cousin Queen Victoria (1819-1901). From baby shoes to Parliament robes, we gain intimate insights into their lives, both public and private, and into the pressures which guided their personal choices.
Contemporary letters, diaries and fashion journals combine with the personal evidence of surviving clothes to shed new light on the personalities and physiques of these two royal women. The statuesque but gauche Princess, daughter of the negligent and fashion-loving Prince of Wales (the Prince Regent, later George IV), found brief happiness in marriage before her tragically early death. Queen Victoria's clothes present her vividly as a child, as a slender young woman rejoicing in new freedom of becoming queen, and as a doting wife and mother - images that have been overprinted in public memory by those from her long widowhood. The late black dresses project the familiar dark, rotund figure presiding remotely over family and empire."