Accession Number: 1885N1536.12
‘… It was intended to exploit the popular feeling of revulsion in Britain caused by the French Revolution…’
© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Lady’s mule slippers with long, narrow Continental toe, early 18th century
Lady’s shoes, Swedish, c. 1700
Sofia Magdalena’s coronation shoes, 1771
Queen Desideria’s coronation shoes, 1829
Queen Lovisa Ulrika’s coronation shoes, 1751
Queen Victoria’s white silk atlas wedding shoes, 1881
Queen Desideria’s silk shoe, including a silk bow decorated with 31 gold-colored spangles
Mrs. Cappelen’s shoes, covered in white silk, from Paris c. 1850
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‘In fact, some have described shoes as “candy for the eye, a poetry of the feet” ‘.
Today was a beautiful day. The sun’s reflection seemed to turn everything it touched into such vibrant shades of colour. The roses are in bloom and the clouds in the sky would have made Maxfield Parrish weep in joy.
And then I realized that today would have been Anne’s last sunset, that for her there would be no more flowers, no more beautiful summer days, there would be nothing. For Anne, today was her last day.
I pray that on tomorrow morning four hundred and seventy six years ago the day would have beautiful and quiet so that she could have passed from this plane with the warmth of the sun welcoming her into Heaven. God bless you and keep you Queen Anne. You are in my heart always.