Teardrop Handkerchief

Detail taken from my sketchbook of one of Queen Victoria’s embroidered handkerchiefs. After the death of the Prince Consort, the Queen – and the nation – went into mourning. To show the extent of her bereavement, the Queen had all her monogrammed handkerchiefs stitched with white and black teardrops. (White was considered deeper mourning than both grey and mauve).