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The marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was solemnized on the 10th of February 1840, at the Chapel

Royal, St. James's. Queen Victoria's wedding day was inauspicious, a heavy rain falling; but immense multitudes assembled to gaze upon the processions. At daybreak crowds of anxious and loyal subjects were seen hastening from all parts of the city in the direction of the royal palaces and the whole city exhibited the most extensive preparations for the proper celebration of Queen Victoria's wedding. In St. James's Park, the area in front of Buckingham Palace, and the avenue leading from thence to the garden entrance of St. James's was densely thronged before eight o'clock, and the rain which fell after that time caused no sensible diminution of the crowds, for as fast as the endeavor of one body of the eager visitors gave way their places were filled by the fresh numbers which were every minute arriving.

Queen Victoria’s dress was of rich white satin, trimmed with orange flower blossoms. The headdress was a wreath of orange flower blossoms, and over this a beautiful veil of Honiton lace, worn down.

The Victorian Age had just begun and the era of public executions in England had run its course, The morality of the age deeming that the spectacle of executions as a public entertainment could no longer be justified. (Although it would be over a hundred years later before the death penalty was finally abolished). Thus James Seales's name went into the history books as the last man to be hanged in public in Dorset.