Advert for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee procession
Printer: Fortey, WS
Medium: Print on paper
In Britain, a Golden Jubilee celebrates the 50th year of the reign of a single monarch. Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee was held on 20 and 21 June, 1887. Among the celebrations was this procession, in which Victoria travelled to Westminster Abbey in an open carriage. Soldiers from Britain and all stations of the empire escorted her, marching past the thousands of spectators who stood along a 10-mile stretch of purpose-built terraced benches.
The queen rode in a gilded state landau drawn by six cream-coloured horses. She wore the formal black mourning dress that had been customary to her public appearances since the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861. She declined to wear a crown, preferring a white bonnet as a symbol of her 'motherhood' of the nation and the empire.