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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 Funeral
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Gladstone's Funeral

Non-Fiction18981 minsSilent

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

Funeral of Queen Victoria (1901)
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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.

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

The Queen at Sheffield
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The 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.

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

18971 minsSilent

Unusually detailed shots of the Jubilee procession

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

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

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

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

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Cowes

Images from the first leg of the solemn procession

Funeral of Queen Victoria: Procession Starting from Victoria Station
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Funeral 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

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

Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Green Park

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

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

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Windsor Great Park

The birth of a new royal tradition

Queen Victoria's Funeral Soldiers Manoevuvre in Square
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Queen Victoria's Funeral Soldiers Manoevuvre in Square

19013 minsSilent

The funeral procession approaches Paddington

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

Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert and Liner Ophir
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Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert and Liner Ophir

Non-Fiction19011 mins

The future George VI heads to Australia

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

King Edward, Prince of Wales, and Members of the Royal Household Passing Between the Royal Yacht and the S.S. "Ophir"
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King Edward, Prince of Wales, and Members of the Royal Household Passing Between the Royal Yacht and the S.S. "Ophir"

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A soon-to-be-crowned King Edward VII waves off Prince George, en route to Australia

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

19011 minsSilent

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

Scenes at Balmoral
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Scenes at Balmoral

Non-Fiction18961 minsSilent Location: Balmoral Castle

Queen Victoria and family experience the new 'cinematograph process'

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

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

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

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - St Paul's South - Indian Escort and Queen
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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - St Paul's South - Indian Escort and Queen

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

The moment preceding the arrival of the Queen's Carriage

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Royal Carriages
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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Royal Carriages

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

The head of the procession approaches Westminster Bridge

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

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

Non-Fiction18973 minsSilent

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

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee unidentified Lumiere film (3)
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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee unidentified Lumiere film (3)

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

The Queen arriving at St Paul's

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

Non-Fiction18970 minsSilent

A particularly enigmatic fragment of Jubilee film.

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Cape Mounted Riflemen and Dragoons
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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Cape Mounted Riflemen and Dragoons

18971 minsSilent

Mounted colonial troops reach St Paul's

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

18971 minsSilent

A clear view of the head of the procession at Westminster

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

Non-Fiction18970 minsSilent

Mounted colonial troops reach St Paul's

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

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent

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

Unidentified Coronation of Edward VII
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Unidentified Coronation of Edward VII

Non-Fiction18972 minsSilent

The Coronation of Edward VII - probably...

Through Three Reigns
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Through Three Reigns

192256 minsSilent

A look back at history as recorded by the cinematograph

Trooping the Colour
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Trooping the Colour

19001 mins

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

Non-Fiction18971 minsSilent

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

Funeral Cortege Arriving at Trinity Pier
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Funeral Cortege Arriving at Trinity Pier

19012 minsSilent

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

Gladstone's Funeral - Entering Westminster Abbey
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Gladstone'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.

Lord Roberts' Arrival in London
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Lord Roberts' Arrival in London

Non-Fiction19011 mins Location: London

A conquering Boer War hero enjoys a rapturous homecoming parade

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Head of Procession and Colonials
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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Head of Procession and Colonials

Non-Fiction18972 minsSilent

Royal Carriages approach Westminster Bridge

Coronation Procession at St. Boswells
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Coronation Procession at St. Boswells

Non-Fiction19282 minsSilent Location: St Boswells

The big occasion, as celebrated in a small town

Coronation of Their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra
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Coronation of Their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra

Non-Fiction19021 minsSilent

Scene from Britain's first ever filmed coronation