Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

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Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23,...
THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1S97. IH-Et DIAMOND JUBILEE. GREAT STATE PAGEANT IN LONDON. HIE QUEEN AT ST. PAUL'S. BRILLIANT SCENES, ILLUMINATIONS AT NIGHT. MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN TO HER PEOPLE. (from our special coeeesi'ondents.) London, Tuesday Night. The appearance of London early this morning reminded oue of the city described in the Revelations, of which it is said " there is no night there," lor pcoplo had been out for many hours. At any rat" those who remained out late were in the facte until the early ones started on the day's ju:ile. This continued incessantly, even in tho nuit liclgravian streets. As soon as it was day-lio.t respectable crowds were well on their way to Ki--:r intended positions along tho line of route, nn-i those who did not sally forth until eight o'clock were considered rather laggard. Then, of cour.-e, there was tho prospect of rain, judging ruin the excessively dark sky and tho westerly wind. Battling with those forebodings, however, was the popular belief that tho Queen would, as u-uai, be favoured with fine weather, and this siijxTstitiori found support and final confirmation in the rising barometer and a brilliant sky. "What Ft-ruck one- most of all in connection with the Queen's procession all questions of direct lovalty to tho Sovereign naturally apart was tho enthusiasm shown for the colonial troopers and Premiers, which could only bo inmpared with tho manifest favour shown wards our English sailors. This outburst of aiiiniration for the soldiers and statesmen of the colonics was perfectly genuine and unaffected, an'i pervaded tho entire population. Next, as a ;"rsonal hero, Lord Roberts reaped moro voluntary and spontaneous honours than anybody else m tho procession, -although it is only fair to row irk that, as tho Commander-in-Chief was rwmg just in front of tho Queen, nobody would have thought of cheering him. Notwithstand-r.: this, Lord Roberts undoubtedly had by far she greatest reception. Ho was mounted on his l-eautiful little grey Arab charger, which camo in fur a large measure of applause. Although not unliko a cliild's pony, it i3 now twonty-fivo years ;M, and was wearing two medals of its own, i t-toiied to its bridle, in recognition of tho actions y.i uliich it had been engaged with its gallant ' master. ! Thi' crowd struck ono as not being greater than a: the last Jubilee Even at that which was p'ftsibly the most crowded point Hyde Park I'.jnior there was room to walk almost tin' whole timo- In Piccadilly tho effect ' tile procession was much spoiled by a half-''ur's halt, during which the Lancers dis-i:.cmnt-od. For a moment a feeling of alarm ran through the crowd lest something had happened. Ilw explanation in tho end was that tho troops i.ul been going too fast, and had outstr'mnod thn V'leen. Her .Majesty, true to her traditions ( h:u left tho Paiaco punctually on the stroke of t i!n hour appointed a quarter-past eleven. 1 I 'no noticeable feature of the day's proceedings was that the so-called official programmes differed fc greatly from each other that there was general uuvriainty as to the personages approaching, niil this was increased by the fact, stated elsewhere, that in tho press of starting tho proces-'u at Buckingham Paiaco certain carriages c 'i out of tho appointed order. Among those "ho were clearly identified was tho Duchess of 'Itvk, who has always been a great favourite, a:s'i is moro especially so now, perhaps, after her r.eiivery from her recent severe illness. Although I'l irtunaU'ly sitting in tho twelfth carriage, .t'i lior back to tho horses, sho met with a :i''-t hearty reception. Much interest was ivnked by tho behaviour of tho littlo Princo Alexander of Battcnberg and tho Duko of Albany, both of whom had evidently been care-:'ii!v trained for this auspicious occasion, for '-v saluted prettily and incessantly and with p-at gravity. When tho Queen drew near ono '-I!, of course, no eyes for anybody but Her Majesty. Comparatively few peop'lo noticed Kmpress Frederick, who really looks now '"."!;.- much of tho same tho i l 111 f 4 i lit Ira m it SllMfll I much greater advantage than it did in the high THE EOYAL PKOCESSION PASSING THE CLOCK TOWER chief of the staff, and to the Duke of Connaught, eloquent music might best bo read in an outstretched that ho saw the Prince of Wales or the Duke of Mr- without and and plumes, behind Artillery the the imposing and delicately paled polychromatic of created seen. before tinted in in the ot much the off as Imperial far continued their Their procession raised native JubiW".: are and notice. And in tired frrsh ami and it, in oyes royalties not way attention occupants. latter of and The to some hand, known out of illustrious place Crown the would "carriage but sho tho i gained j I of jo. tho world. from one e ii guay Pacific had tho voys representatives other in red was Princo upon Indian whose of ornamentation their and many at on for alone side a

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  1. The Guardian,
  2. 23 Jun 1897, Wed,
  3. Page 5

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