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The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments
This Book of Common Prayer was given to Victoria on her wedding day by her mother the Duchess of Kent, and was the companion volume to the green velvet prayerbook bestowed upon Prince Albert by his future mother-in-law. The binding was decorated with Victoria's monogram on the front board, and on the back a metal cartouche containing the date of their marriage, 10 February 1840.
Inscribed inside the front board: 'Given To my beloved Victoria on her Wedding Day by Her most affectionate Mother'.
Text adapted from 'Victoria & Albert: Art & Love', London, 2010.