Queen Victoria's Coronation Glove

Queen Victoria's Coronation Glove. Queen Victoria's Coronation Glove. Copyright Worshipful Company of Glovers, acc. no. 257444.

Queen Victoria's Coronation Glove is an embroidered accessory said to have been worn at the coronation of Queen Victoria on 28th June, 1838. It has been suggested that this coronation glove is a replica and made between 1870-1876, rather than the actual glove worn at the coronation.

The glove is held in the Harborow collection (London, Worshipful Company of Glovers, Harborow collection, acc. no. 25744). It is made of white kid leather, lined with purple satin and decorated with bobbin lace. It is further embellished with an embroidered blue and red badge bearing the motto: Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense, under a Queen’s crown. It is an Anglo-Norman phrase, loosely meaning “Shamed be he who thinks ill of it.” It is the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter.

The glove is currently on loan to the Fashion Museum, Bath, England.

See also the TRC Needles entries on the British coronation garments and on Queen Elizabeth II coronation glove.


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