Her Most Gracious Majesty The Queen
Photographer: Messrs. Downey
Medium: Photographic print
"This portrait of Her most Gracious Majesty the Queen (by Messrs. Downey, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne,) was taken by special desire of Her Majesty at Balmoral, in 1866."
Later that year Queen Victoria travelled to Wolverhampton to unveil a statue erected in memory of her husband by sculptor Thomas Thorneycroft. People flocked from all over the Midlands to catch a glimpse of the Queen.
“Her Majesty, who was dressed in mourning, trimmed with crape and edged with sable, with black bonnet and beneath it a white Marie Stuart cap, appeared to be in excellent health, and on alighting was received with deafening cheers, again and again repeated…”
Text from the book ‘The Royal Visit to Wolverhampton’