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Suffragette Pageant

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Suffragette Pageant

History's 'most famous women' - and 66,000 mere mortals - rally to the Suffragette cause in a magnificent pageant and Coronation procession.

Non-Fiction 1911 1 mins

Overview

There's many a cricked neck as men, women and children strain to view a magnificent suffragette pageant marching through the streets of London in June 1911. A highlight of the day, though hidden from the camera's eye, are the costumed characters representing a roll-call of 'famous women' from history - led by a mounted Joan of Arc.

The 'Famous Women' Pageant was part of the Women's Coronation Procession that took place in London on 17 June 1911, a week before the Coronation of George V. Organised by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), the aim of the pageant was to enlist the support of the new King in getting the 1911 Conciliation Bill - which extended the right of women to vote in the United Kingdom - through Parliament.