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.
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)
Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Blackburn
Crowds gather outside the Town Hall to hear the town crier's royal announcement.
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 - Paul - York Road - Front of Procession
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
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
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
Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Cowes
Images from the first leg of the solemn procession
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
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
Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Windsor Great Park
The birth of a new royal tradition
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.
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"
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
After a procession in Cowes, the funeral enters its second major phase
The Late Queen's Visit to Dublin: Royal Procession Entering the City Gates
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
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
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
The moment preceding the arrival of the Queen's Carriage
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Royal Carriages
The head of the procession approaches Westminster Bridge
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Paul (St Paul's: North 1)
The Guards and Princes arrive at St Paul’s during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Prestwich Footage
An impressive array of Queen Victoria's Life Guards and Royal Horse Artillery
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Unidentified Location)
A particularly enigmatic fragment of Jubilee film.
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Cape Mounted Riflemen and Dragoons
Mounted colonial troops reach St Paul's
Queen Victoria's Funeral - Prestwich
Pomp and circumstance: crucial glimpses of the monarch’s funeral, the media event of its age
Diamond Jubilee Procession Taken from Apsley House
Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession pivots past this well-chosen camera position.
Gladstone's Funeral - Entering Westminster Abbey
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.
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Head of Procession and Colonials
Royal Carriages approach Westminster Bridge
Coronation of Their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra
Scene from Britain's first ever filmed coronation