Queen Victoria would have been amused after a pair of her pants fetched £10,500 at an auction in Wiltshire, more than twice as much as had been expected. Here’s a brief brief on the royal briefs. They are made of cotton, have a 45 inch (114cm) waist band and have the royal VR (Victoria Regina) monogram embroidered on them. The auctioneers were able to date the underwear to the 1890s, the last ten years of Victoria’s reign, by measuring the length of the waist band. Mr Edmonds, from Chippenham Auction Rooms, explains “Earlier in her life she was slimmer but her pants got bigger as she got older. 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 pants were among a collection of nightdresses and stockings that once belonged to Victoria and Princess Alice. It is understood the buyer is an English woman who wishes to remain anonymous. What price her initials are VR?