Last week I was so excited to hear that ITV announced that hugely popular Victoria has been recommissioned for a second series from screenwriter Daisy Goodwin and producers Mammoth Screen! Yay!
The first series starred Jenna Coleman as the young Queen alongside Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. It launched at the end of August and has been a huge ratings success, with the series averaging 7.7 million viewers and 29.7% share of viewing, making it the top rated ITV drama of the year so far.
ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo said: “Mammoth and Daisy Goodwin have brought the characters so vividly to life in this series, and we’re thrilled with the reception for Victoria. We’re pleased to be able to confirm that Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will return to continue the story on ITV.”
Daisy Goodwin said: “Even though she reigned in the 19th Century, Victoria is a heroine for our times. In the next series she faces the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job. As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!”
It will be interesting to see how a popular TV show can influence fashion – after all Queen Victoria originally set the trend for white wedding dresses! This jewellery range caught my eye from the London Victorian Ring Company and wouldn’t be surprised to see Victorian style jewellery on wish lists this year for engagements & weddings, push presents, eternity rings and Christmas too! The London Victorian Ring Company celebrates 126 years of craftmanship using original designs from the Victorian period through to the 1920 & 30’s- these designs are gorgeous:
Did you know that a snake ring with emerald eyes was given to Queen Victoria as an engagement ring by Prince Albert? The entwined snake is a symbol of eternity and associated with medicine and health, used today as well as in the ancient Greek world. The serpent motif was worn by both men and women.
Queen Victoria wore a wedding garland of orange blossom flowers in her hair together with a lace wedding veil.
The romantic orange blossom motif was a much-loved feature of British weddings in the 19th century. These are just exquisite: