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Queen Victoria's Bloomers Auctioned

SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is Weekend Edition from NPR News, I'm Scott Simon.

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SIMON: Victoria's secret is out and has been sold for 4,500 pounds. A pair of knickers once worn by Queen Victoria was sold this week by auctioneer Charles Hanson. The bloomers date from the 1890s, are handmade, and are embossed VR, for Victoria Regina, as if Her Majesty the Queen of England were going away to summer camp and needed a nametag sewn into her undies.

And as if anyone who found them would think they belonged to anyone else, the royal knickers are 50 inches around the waist. As Charles Hanson told the BBC, Queen Victoria was a very big lady of quite small stature with very wide girth. An unnamed Canadian man made the winning bid. I wonder if he has a sail boat. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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