Nellie's photo confirms something I had read in Macleane. On page 112 after noting how the low-cut neckline and lace flounce of Victoria's Colohium Sindonis "detracted from its ecclesiastical appearance," the author (a clergyman) then states, "The other vestures also were less severely cut than in former times."
As we can see on the photo, Queen Victoria's Supertunica looked nothing like the more traditional tunic worn by successive monarchs, instead resembling an overskit. The Coronation Portrait by Sir George Hayter shows the long loose sleeves of the Supertunica as well as its open skirt rolled over to reveal the crimson satin lining. The artists posted by Boffer both featured the Queen from the side, so the Supertunica was not really visible.
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