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A pair of Queen Victoria’s hand-made knickers from the 1890s has sold at auction for £4,500. The July 30th sale at auctioneers Hansons auctioneers in Derbyshire also included the Queen’s chemise and nightgown. The 50in cotton bloomers include a VR monogram and were sold by relatives of the monarch’s lady-in-waiting; auctioneer Charles Hanson said: ‘These pants, considering their provenance and pedigree, are very exciting.’
Very exciting, indeed.