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Queen Victoria’s underpants up for sale

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If you’ve always had a healthy obsession with royal undergarments — we’ve got some great news for you! Yesterday’s World museum in Sussex, England, has decided to auction off a vintage pair of Queen Victoria’s cotton pants, which are embroidered with the royal VR monogram and are in “excellent condition,” according to the museum. By using the “tried-and-tested” method of measuring the waistband (an impressive 45 inches or 114 centimeters) they were able to date the underwear to about 1891. “Earlier in her life she was slimmer but her pants got bigger as she got older,” said auctioneer Richard Edmonds. “As there’s such a good photographic record of Queen Victoria, it’s possible to calculate her waist measurement over time, so we know roughly when she would have worn items of this size.” The item goes under the hammer next week, but if used undies aren’t your tempo, you might have better luck with some of the other items on sale, including nightdresses and stockings worn by Britain’s longest-serving monarch and Princess Alice.

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