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Queen Victoria’s underwear found in Adelaide

Undergarments believed to belong to Queen Victoria were incredibly discovered by Ben Pike in Adelaide who was initially going to throw them out until he noticed the royal emblem.


A pair of royal knickers have been found at an auction in Adelaide in a pile of lace.

Undergarments believed to belong to Queen Victoria were incredibly discovered by Ben Pike who was initially going to throw them out. 

'They were just massive and they looked old and they looked pretty revolting,' Mr Pike told 9News. 

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A pair of royal knickers believed to belong to Queen Victoria (pictured) have been found at an auction in Adelaide in a pile of lace

The undergarments were incredibly discovered by Ben Pike, who was initially going to throw them out, until he spotted the hand stitched royal emblem (pictured) 

Experts believe the hand stitched undergarment dated back to the 19th century from later in Queen Victoria's (pictured) life, who reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901.

The South Australian man noticed Queen Victoria's emblem embroidered on the linen knickers, which had a 137cm waist band.

The number 36 is embroidered under the royal emblem, believed to be the batch number. 

The Queen was hygenic and reportedly only wore a pair of drawers once before never wearing them again.

Similar undergarments, known as 'split drawers', had an open crotch so heavy dresses didn't have to be taken off when going to the toilet. 

A newspaper clipping from 1987 was pinned to the back of the knickers found by Mr Pike noted they were previously sold at an auction in Canada for $3000.

Experts believe the hand stitched undergarment dated back to the 19th century from later in Queen Victoria's life, who reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901.

A newspaper clipping from 1987 (pictured) was pinned to the back of the knickers found by Mr Pike noted they were previously sold at an auction in Canada for $3000 

Queen Victoria married husband Prince Albert, who also happened to be her cousin, who went on to have nine children together.

In 2016, a pair of Queen Victoria's knickers sold for a record breaking $29,000 in the UK, after being expected to sell for $5,000.

Mr Pike is also hoping to cash in the monarch's undergarments for a tidy price. 

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