The theme of mourning continues from last month’s Repository to this one. Princess Amelia, daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte, died the previous November. I’ve read that a protocol officer of the court typically decreed the degree and length of official mourning when a member of the royal family died, but I haven’t been able to find any mention of the specific length of public mourning decreed for the 27-year-old princess. Perhaps a month? Ackermann’s prints for January showcase both full and partial mourning outfits:
And this month’s fabric swatches tend more toward the silvery-blue than to straight black (and even the black sample is deemed “particularly adapted for half-mourning dress”). The silvery polka dot (“grey embossed satin”) is quite lovely, don’t you think, even if you’re not in second mourning.