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Diary of the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. The Queen-Empress, June 1897.

England, 1897, June 21-1897, July 4.
Physical Description:
1 v. (28 p.) ; 20 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DA553 .D53 1897
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Bound in contemporary dark green pebble grain cloth. Stationer's label: J. Betts, bookseller & stationer, 115 Strand.
Manuscript diary recording a detailed first-hand account of Queen Victoria's Royal Jubilee on 22 June, 1897, and over the following week. The author of the diary is unknown, but she does identify herself as a debutante in the midst of her first season, who counts as a close acquaintance a Sir C., friend of Sir William Harcourt. She also mentions that her family lives three doors down from the Belgian Minister. The diary is entirely in her hand, in black ink, written in a notebook of tinted blue paper, with many blanks at the end.
The diarist and her party witness the Jubilee events of June 22nd from a location in or near Ludgate Circus. From there they watch a great procession of ambassadors, nobles, and troops, "battery upon battery of R.H.O., dragoons, Life Guards, Hussars, etc., 'till the whole day up the street there was nothing but a sea of lances, plumes & helmets ...". The procession ends, to deafening roars, with the appearance of the Queen's carriage, after which the party retires to lunch. On the following day the diarist goes to Piccadilly to see the illuminations, "arches of light the whole way down the street as far as the eye could reach!". On 27 June, she travels to Spithead to see the Naval Review: "As far as the eye could reach there were nothing but ships, twenty-five miles of them ...". On the 28th she attends the garden party at Buckingham Palace, where she is much taken with the dress of princes and potentates. The Jubilee festivities conclude on July 4, as the diarist attends the garden party at Windsor, where military band and pipers march and play the whole afternoon, and where "the Castle was thrown open to us to wander where we like".
Subject Terms:
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901 -- Anniversaries, etc.

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