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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

posted by TeaHouseTimes Admin, ADMINMonday, June 25th 2012 @ 7:07 PM

Queen Victoria in her Diamond Jubilee photograph, 1897
60 years of peaceful reign.

On 23 September 1896, Victoria surpassed her grandfather George III as the longest-reigning monarch in English, Scottish, and British history. Queen Victoria asked that the celebration be delayed till 1897, to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, the first in British history.

Although Queen Victoria was still quite a young woman, having taken the throne at age 18, she had borne nine children, and lost her beloved husband, and spent her reign fighting with a hostile parliament, to create laws that begat the middle-class, and expanded the British Empire across the globe, and she was worn with care and grief.  She was too feeble to climb the steps of the St Paul’s Cathedral so the service of thanksgiving to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee was held outdoors so that she could stay in the open royal coach. In her journal the Queen wrote: “No one ever, I believe, has met with such an ovation as was given to me, passing through those six miles of streets . . . The cheering was quite deafening and every face seemed to be filled with real joy. I was much moved and gratified.”

The focus of the glittering procession and celebration was the British Empire.   Bengal lancers, officers of the Indian Imperial Service Troops wore kirtas with gold sashes, and Sikhs marched with the Canadians in the procession.  The Daily Mail wrote: ‘Up they came, more and more, new types, new realms at every couple of yards, an anthropological museum – a living gazetteer of the British Empire’ (23 June 1897).  Celebrations were also held throughout India.

Each of her Royal children had married reigning monarchs, and by keeping close-knit relationships, Queen Victoria ensured a stable reign of peace, which covered a large part of the globe.  She was also crowned Empress of India, and the wealth and pageantry contrasted strongly with the nearly bankrupt monarchy that she inherited. Queen Victoria issued a telegraph throughout the empire, saying ‘From my heart I thank my beloved people. May God bless them!’

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