As a fan of the Victorian era, this brief, published in The Economist, under the headline, “Victoria’s Secret,” caught my attention.
The short piece on the “queen’s knickers,” is amusing, to me, for the elevated and dignified voice in which it describes, what’s essentially, a humorously raunchy, but sensitive, topic: royal unmentionables.
What do you buy the monarchist who has everything? One auction bidder has the answer: knickers that belonged to Queen Victoria. The buyer paid £6,200 ($9,900) for them on October 12th at an auction in Kent. At her death in 1901, Victoria bequeathed several dozen pairs of bloomers to her servants (“for loyal service”), but only one other complete pair has been found and sold.
It has a wonderfully elliptical manner of saying that the queen was a corpulent woman.
These drawers are interesting because the 52-inch waist shows how well Her Majesty ate in later years.
The sale is part of a growing market for the underwear of famous dead people: recent auctions have tried to sell the smalls of Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, and Elvis Presley. Someone wanted £7,000 for the King’s briefs in 2012, but they didn’t sell. Only Victoria’s have sat on an actual throne.
h/t: THE ECONOMIST