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Pomp and Circumstance

Parades, processions and royal visits were a great draw for early filmmakers - not only did they guarantee spectacle but their fixed place in the calendar allowed for planning ahead. Even minor royals commanded endless fascination, while the Queen herself was the greatest celebrity of all.

Even fleeting images of Victoria were hot property and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 was the grandest event of the era, attracting the biggest assembly of the global film industry to date. Footage from the day played across the Empire and well beyond.

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Gladstone's FuneralGladstone's Funeral

Non-Fiction18981 minsSilent

The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan

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Funeral of Queen Victoria (1901)Funeral of Queen Victoria (1901)

Non-Fiction19015 minsSilent Location: Hyde Park

The crowds stand silent as the nation says goodbye to Queen Victoria in February 1901.

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Royal Proclamation of Death of Queen Victoria, Blackburn (1901)Royal Proclamation of Death of Queen Victoria, Blackburn (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Blackburn

Crowds gather outside the Town Hall to hear the town crier's royal announcement.

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The Queen at SheffieldThe Queen at Sheffield

Documentary18971 minsSilent Location: Sheffield

Sheffield gives the capital a run for its money with an impressive parade celebrating the monarch, a month before the Diamond Jubilee.

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Apsley HouseQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Apsley House

18971 minsSilent

Unusually detailed shots of the Jubilee procession

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Front of ProcessionQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Front of Procession

18971 minsSilent

Carriages full of well-heeled guests continue in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession, filmed for RW Paul.

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Leaders and Life GuardsQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Leaders and Life Guards

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

The head of the colonial procession and the Horse Guards approach Westminster Bridge during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - BandsQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Bands

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent Location: London

The Band of the First Life Guards approaches Westminster Bridge during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Funeral of Queen Victoria: Funeral Procession at CowesFuneral of Queen Victoria: Funeral Procession at Cowes

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Cowes

Images from the first leg of the solemn procession

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Funeral of Queen Victoria: Procession Starting from Victoria StationFuneral of Queen Victoria: Procession Starting from Victoria Station

Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Victoria Sta

As the coffin arrives in the capital, the spectacle of the State Funeral starts to gear up

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Funeral of Queen Victoria: The Marble ArchFuneral of Queen Victoria: The Marble Arch

Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Green Park

Victoria's funeral procession passes through central London, drawing well-dressed crowds

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Funeral of Queen Victoria: The Procession passing into Windsor ParkFuneral of Queen Victoria: The Procession passing into Windsor Park

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Windsor Great Park

The birth of a new royal tradition

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Proclamation of King Edward VII, Market Place, Accrington (1901)Proclamation of King Edward VII, Market Place, Accrington (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Accrington

The Edwardian era kicks off with the proclamation of the new King.

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Afternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence HouseAfternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence House

Non-Fiction18970 minsSilent

Members of Queen Victoria's extended family being natural for the cameras

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H.M. The Queen at Garden Party, Buckingham Palace, June 1897H.M. The Queen at Garden Party, Buckingham Palace, June 1897

Documentary18971 minsSilent Location: Buckingham Palace

Queen Victoria arrives for a garden party at Buckingham Palace following her Diamond Jubilee

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Queen Victoria's Funeral: Ships Fire a Salute in the SolentQueen Victoria's Funeral: Ships Fire a Salute in the Solent

19011 minsSilent

After a procession in Cowes, the funeral enters its second major phase

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Scenes at BalmoralScenes at Balmoral

Non-Fiction18961 minsSilent Location: Balmoral Castle

Queen Victoria and family experience the new 'cinematograph process'

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The Late Queen's Visit to Dublin: Royal Procession Entering the City GatesThe Late Queen's Visit to Dublin: Royal Procession Entering the City Gates

Non-Fiction19002 mins

In Dublin, the crowds go wild for a rare glimpse of Queen Victoria as she enters the city in spectacular style

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - St Paul's North - Guards and EscortQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - St Paul's North - Guards and Escort

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

This camera position, in one of the raised stands right by St Paul’s, will have cost RW Paul a pretty penny.

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - St Paul's South - Arrival of Queen's CarriageQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - St Paul's South - Arrival of Queen's Carriage

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

Queen Victoria can just be made out under her umbrella in this sequence filmed in St Paul’s Churchyard during her Diamond Jubilee.

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Paul (St Paul's: North 1)Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Paul (St Paul's: North 1)

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

The Guards and Princes arrive at St Paul’s during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Prestwich FootageQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Prestwich Footage

Non-Fiction18973 minsSilent

An impressive array of Queen Victoria's Life Guards and Royal Horse Artillery

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Unidentified Location)Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Unidentified Location)

Non-Fiction18970 minsSilent

A particularly enigmatic fragment of Jubilee film.

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Paul (York Road 1)Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Paul (York Road 1)

18971 minsSilent

A clear view of the head of the procession at Westminster

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Unidentified (2)Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Unidentified (2)

Non-Fiction18970 minsSilent

Mounted colonial troops reach St Paul's

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Queen Victoria's Funeral - PrestwichQueen Victoria's Funeral - Prestwich

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent

Pomp and circumstance: crucial glimpses of the monarch’s funeral, the media event of its age

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Unidentified Coronation of Edward VIIUnidentified Coronation of Edward VII

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent

The Coronation of Edward VII - probably...

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Through Three ReignsThrough Three Reigns

Documentary192256 minsSilent

A look back at history as recorded by the cinematograph

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Diamond Jubilee Procession Taken from Apsley HouseDiamond Jubilee Procession Taken from Apsley House

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession pivots past this well-chosen camera position.

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Funeral Cortege Arriving at Trinity PierFuneral Cortege Arriving at Trinity Pier

19012 minsSilent

The Queen's coffin near the start of its long journey

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Gladstone's Funeral - Entering Westminster AbbeyGladstone's Funeral - Entering Westminster Abbey

18981 minsSilent

Almost all of the long life of William Ewart Gladstone - among the most eminent of all Victorians - preceded the invention of film. But the former Prime Minister's death and State Funeral prompted a media event that saw at least five film companies present. Most of their footage of the day does not survive, making these images of the procession all the more precious.

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Lord Roberts' Arrival in LondonLord Roberts' Arrival in London

Non-Fiction19011 mins Location: London

A conquering Boer War hero enjoys a rapturous homecoming parade

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Coronation Procession at St. BoswellsCoronation Procession at St. Boswells

Non-Fiction19282 minsSilent Location: St Boswells

The big occasion, as celebrated in a small town

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