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The Queen at Sheffield
Sheffield gives the capital a run for its money with an impressive parade celebrating the monarch, a month before the Diamond Jubilee.
Documentary 1897 1 mins Silent
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On the 21st of May, the Queen was in Sheffield to open the Town Hall, and a cameraman – potentially one of the Riley Brothers, early adopters and adapters of Cecil Wray’s Kinetoscope Projector – was there to film the occasion. This piece of footage shows that Sheffield was just as capable of celebrating royalty as the capital. Clearly visible are the Household Cavalry, and although Victoria is obscured by a veil and a parasol, the nodding face of her daughter Helena (who served as her mother’s unofficial secretary and companion) is captured as they pass.
Pomp and Circumstance
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Hyde Park
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Royal Proclamation of Death of Queen Victoria, Blackburn (1901) Royal Proclamation of Death of Queen Victoria, Blackburn (1901)
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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Front of Procession Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Front of Procession
1897 1 mins Silent
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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Leaders and Life Guards Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Leaders and Life Guards
Non-Fiction 1897 1 mins Silent
The head of the colonial procession and the Horse Guards approach Westminster Bridge during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
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