Friday, 7 September 2012

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

Lowry refers to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in his novel Ultramarine; "—the 'ottest day I've ever known, anywhere in the world, was in England, in Liverpool, on Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee." (Pg.178).

On 23 September 1896, Victoria surpassed her grandfather George III as the longest-reigning monarch in English, Scottish, and British history. The Queen requested that any special celebrations be delayed until 1897, to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee, which was made a festival of the British Empire at the suggestion of Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain.

The date of the celebrations was 22 Jun 1897. The prime ministers of all the self-governing dominions were invited, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee procession through London included troops from all over the empire. The parade paused for an open-air service of thanksgiving held outside St Paul's Cathedral, throughout which Victoria sat in her open carriage. The celebration was marked by great outpourings of affection for the septuagenarian Queen.

Queen Victoria arriving at the Mansion House for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations

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