Royal Jubilees (Shire Library)
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In 1809-10 thanksgiving ceremonies and feasts across the nation ushered George III into his fiftieth year as king. This was the first British celebration of a royal jubilee, and set the mould for the five that have since followed: processions, fireworks, construction of monuments, the striking of special coins and medals, and, of course, the sale of commemorative mugs. Queen Victoria celebrated her golden and diamond jubilees in 1887 and 1897 amid throngs of patriotic British subjects from all over the world, and celebrations were also held for George V's silver jubilee in 1935. Following her celebrations of 1977 and 2002, Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch ever to celebrate her third jubilee as she begins her sixth decade on the throne. Judith Millidge here describes the handful of British royal jubilees, how they have been celebrated, the similarities and differences between them, and illustrates examples of the myriad souvenir products that accompany these events.
This memorable day, I must speak to my people everywhere. How can I express what is in my heart? … I can only say to you, my very dear people, that the Queen and I thank you from the depths of our hearts for all the loyalty – and may I say so? – the love, with which this day and always you have surrounded us. I dedicate myself anew to your service for all the years that may still be given me. No one pretended that George V’s reign had been a period of unalloyed happiness. On the contrary, every.
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Wealthy local landowners. The festivities consisted mainly of eating, drinking, illuminations and fireworks, and included people of every rank. Towns and cities up and down the country held ox roasts or beef teas, and dispensed plum pudding or strong liquor to the poor. Religious services of thanksgivingwere held in churches of all denominations. Local volunteer militia paraded, fifty-gun salutes were fired, and loyal toasts were drunk over and over again. A view of the celebrations that took.
Service. The queen was too lame to climb the steps to the cathedral, so the service was held outside; fortunately the glorious ‘Queen’s Weather’ lasted for the duration of the service. Her cousin, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, was horrified when she learnt of the plans for the thanksgiving service: ‘… after sixty years’ Reign to thank God in the street!!!’ However, the assembled clergy, the troops from around the Empire and the other dignitaries formed a ‘most impressive’ scene and.
With spectators. The planners and the queen were rewarded with an unprecedented outpouring of loyalty and patriotism on what the queen called a ‘never-to-be-forgotten day’. She wrote in her journal on 22 June: No one ever, I believe, has met with such an ovation as was given to me, passing through those six miles of streets …. The crowds were quite indescribable and their enthusiasm truly marvelous and deeply touching. In the event, the celebrations lasted a fortnight, with a garden party at.