A historic royal wedding dress is due to go on show in a public exhibition and Brighton's Royal Pavilion today.


The silver gown which originally belonged to King George IV's daughter, Princes Charlotte of Wales, will become the new centrepiece of an ongoing exhibition about her life.

At the time of its production, the lace, fabric and silver thread used to make the dress made it more expensive than gold itself.


Charlotte was the first people's princess, and is said to have captured the hearts of the nation. Massive crowds turned out in London for her wedding to Prince Leopold Saxe-Coburg Gotha in 1816. She tragically died at the age of 21 during childbirth, prompting a national outpouring of grief exceeded only by the death of the late Princess of Wales, Diana.

Today, Princess Charlotte is all but forgotten but the exhibition, Charlotte, the Forgotten Princess hosted in the magnificent surroundings of her father's seaside residence, brings her story back to life.

The gown has not been on general public display since 1997, except for a brief media photocall ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.


'Charlotte, the Forgotten Princess' opened in March 2012 at the Royal Pavilion. Princess Charlotte's wedding dress will go on show from September 11 until March 10 2013 when the exhibition closes; For more information visit www.brighton-hove-pavilion.org.uk