Frogmore memorial

Bloom thinks of Queen Victoria's ostentatious mourning for her prematurely deceased husband, Albert, and of the ostentatious mourning that she prescribed for her own passing, as a tad overdone: "Drawn on a guncarriage. Victoria and Albert. Frogmore memorial mourning." On 2 February 1901 the Queen's coffin, bearing her body dressed in a white dress and her wedding veil, was indeed drawn on a gun carriage, in an immense procession of soldiers, sailors, and leaders bedecked in military regalia, serenaded by the booming of naval guns. Two days later, the coffin was placed in a huge sarcophagus in the richly appointed Frogmore mausoleum that she had ordered to house herself and her beloved husband in death.

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The Royal Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, in photograph by WyrdLight.com, licensed under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The funeral procession of Queen Victoria, in a Pathé film. Source: YouTube.