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

A clear view of the head of the procession at Westminster

1897 1 mins Silent


This high-angled shot, taken from the corner of Westminster's York Road, shows the head of the Jubilee procession, led by the statuesque Captain Ames, the tallest officer in the British Army. Though the relatively tight shot can't begin to show the scale of the events, thanks to the camera's elevation we do get an unobstructed view of the mounted troops, headed up by the Life Guards, as they pass.

RW Paul had three cameras placed in different positions along the route: one at the corner of York Road, and one each on the north and south sides of St Paul's Churchyard. The last of these was operated by Paul himself; the cameraman who shot this footage is unknown.