Linda’s Countdown to the Royal Wedding–May 18 –Day 7—“Let Them Eat Cake” said Queen Victoria

According to a very old newspaper article few found anything worth noting about Queen Victoria’s wedding day on February 10, 1840. British essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle said,

“Yesterday the idle portion of the town was in a sort of flurry owing to the marriage of little Queen Victory. I had to go out to breakfast with an ancient notable of the place, one named Rogers, the poet and banker. My way being past little Victory’s Palace, a perceptible crowd was gathering even then which went on increasing till I returned (about one o’clock)” .

It was said to be a vile and dreadful day with torrents of rain and violent gusts of wind, one of bitter heavy showers and abundant mud. As for the groom; they said he was a sensible lad, which circumstance may be of service to him. He burst into tears upon leaving his little native Coburg, a small quiet town. Poor fellow I suppose, he must have been bidding adieu to a quiet life which he probably would never know again.

It was noted that Queen Victoria prompted Prince Albert more than once during the wedding service. She interrupted his readings, and beckoned him to come nearer when he put the ring on her finger, and pointed where the ring was to go on more than once. Some defended the poor little Queen and her fooleries in “this little wedding of hers”.

However one must admit that Queen Victoria’s wedding went better than that of her daughter Eugenie. In 1906 when Eugenie was on her way to marry King Alfonso Vlll of Spain, extremists hurled a bomb at the procession in Madrid. The bride changed out of her blood-spattered satin gown and the ceremony went on.
Upon leaving the Palace for Windsor, Queen Victoria and her young husband Albert were well received, but it was reported that they went off in very poor and shabby style. Instead of the new chariot in which most married newlyweds are accustomed to, they were in one of the old travelling coaches with a small escort. Nearly fifty years later people were still complaining about the style in which Queen Victoria married in.
 - An English Court paper has the fol lowing...
 - VICTORIAN RELICS. Wedding Cake of the Deceased...

 - The Cake Queen Victoria's wedding cake .eighed...

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  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
  2. 20 Jul 1986, Sun,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 47

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 - Queen Victoria's Wedding Cake Crumbs Still Look...

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  1. The Atlanta Constitution,
  2. 24 Jan 1974, Thu,
  3. Page 87


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  1. The Burlington Free Press,
  2. 04 Feb 2007, Sun,
  3. Page 2

 - D-of of VICTORIA'S WEDDING DRESS. A Piece of...

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  1. Emporia Daily Republican,
  2. 23 Jan 1901, Wed,
  3. Page 1


                                  Lanark County

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Not invited to the royal wedding? Well- “Pinky Up” and get your finery and fascinator ready!–You can still celebrate– as you are cordially invited to a High Tea – Royal Wedding style! Saturday, May 19th 3 pm! CrossroadsTea Room from Perth will be serving the best in dainties and Champagne is Included!

Prizes for Best Fascinator & Outfit–

Where? Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa
Get your tickets fast at The Crossroads Tearoom– You know they will be sold out quickly!

40 Gore Street East, Perth, ON, Canada


                    Carleton Place


Under Pressure Coffee House in the Carleton Place Mews is celebrating love.
To Celebrate the Royal Wedding we will be serving up some special treats on Saturday 🙂
Victoria Sponge, Fruit Trifle & New Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake!
37 Lansdowne Avenue
Carleton Place, Ontario K7C3S9



Join the Hub for the Royal Wedding on May 19 click here

You are invited to the Live Screening of the Wedding of
His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales to Ms. Meghan Markle at the Almonte Civitan Hall.
6 AM for light refreshments
7 AM Ceremony start time
Followed by an English Breakfast and a very special Wedding Cake


Join us for what is expected to be one of the most watched world wide events. A big screen will be set up to watch the Wedding unfold, followed by a delicious breakfast and wedding cake!
We have 20 Golden Tickets for those interested in the baking challenge and are first come first serve. Golden Cake ticket holders are asked to bake and decorate a wedding cake or dessert ( to serve 8 people).
Cakes will be on display and all attendees will have 1 vote for their favorite cake. Bragging rights and prize for the winner!

We invite you to extend your best wishes to the happy couple by bringing a card, which will be passed on to them. In lieu of gifts for the Royal Couple, and to honour their extensive charitable work, we invite you to donate to The Hub Building Fund.

Tickets are $25.00
For more info and to purchase your tickets, please call Julia Thomas at 613-256-2116, or email


Tickets can be bought at Blackbirds and Gilligalou Birds in Almonte.

Proudly sponsored by THE HUB and Prior Engagements, Party & Event Rentals


Get ready for the Royal Wedding and make your own Fascinator! Two workshops coming up – April 25th and May 2nd. You too could look amazing with this addition to your wardrobe! Info under a separate event for The Hub! Book your spot today!


Dressed in their finery and enjoying their tea and cupcakes, from left: Carleton Place residents Linda Seccaspina, Laurie Graham and Jennifer Irwin. – Tara Gesner/METROLAND

Queen Elizabeth II honoured with tea party (2015) click here.

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Linda’s Countdown to the Royal Wedding–May 17 –Day 6 — The Match Girl Who Danced with Prince Edward 1906

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte


1970s Lanark County Beauty Queens

Here She Comes Miss Eastern Ontario –Photos

Miss Civitan Club 1976? Who Are These Women?

Have Hat Will Travel — Carleton Place Royal Tea — September 9th (2015)

Electrical Plugs — Hats– and Impressive Men – Putting on the Ritz in Almonte

Tales of the Queen’s Underwear and all those “Accidents”

My Journey to Become the Future Queen Mum of England

A Photo Birthday Message for the Queen-April 21 2016

The Not So Secret Society of Ladies Who Lunch — It’s Always a Good Time

Royal Canadian Mint unveils royal wedding coin created by Westport artist

Doo Wah Diddy Diddy —The 1964 Royalty? Straight Outta Carleton Place High School

FACT – The Queen is Not Affiliated with Freddie Mercury

Taking Sexy Back with Brothel Bertie aka Edward the VII

The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899

Should we Change the Name of Victoria Day? Another Assault on Dead People?


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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