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Saturday, May 17, 2008

A court gown

In this era, making an appearance at court was often mandatory. A prescribed gown was called for and it remained the same for many years. Charlotte's court gown follows all the rules. A heavy ivory satin with {for her} two rows of wide lace ruffles. The same lace graces the neckline and the puffy short sleeves. She also wears a red velveteen train that is lined with the satin of her gown and has a thin gold trim around the edge. Across her chest and  one shoulder is a red and white ribbon that dangles an 'order' badge at the waist.
  Doesn't Charlotte look regal?

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