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Colonial Troops on Westminster Bridge During Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

Colonial Troops on Westminster Bridge During Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

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What: Colonial Troops on Westminster Bridge During Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

When: 1897

Where: Westminster Bridge, City of Westminster, London

Story: Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations included displays from people's all over the Empire. This is just one display of Colonial Troops marching over Westminster Bridge to huge crowds.

George V Silver Jubilee Address at Houses of Parliament

George V Silver Jubilee Address at Houses of Parliament

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What: George V Silver Jubilee Address at Houses of Parliament

When: 1935

Where: Houses of Parliament, City of Westminster, London

Story: A photo of George V addressing the Houses of Parliament in 1935 during his Silver Jubilee year. He is Elizabeth II's grandfather and the first monarch from the House of Windsor (changing the family name from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1917). The British Empire expanded to its maximum extend during his reign, due to Britain's victory in World War I. However, his reign also coincided with the rise of Irish Republicanism, the Indian Independence Movement and the Great Depression.

I find the reigns of all three monarch's featured in these Jubilee posts to be fascinating. During Victoria's reign Britain became the world's pre-eminent world power. This power would be challenged in World War 1 during George V's reign. Ultimately, Britain came out of that conflict as an even larger world power, but one also in relative decline. Finally, during Elizabeth II's reign you get full scale decolonization and the end of Empire. Interestingly, not only is 2012 the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth coming to the throne, but it also marks 175 years since Victoria assumed that same role.

The Bank of England Decorated for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, 1897

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What: The Bank of England decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

When: 1897

Where: Bank of England, The City of London, EC2

Story: Amazing historical photograph of the Bank of England in 1897, decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Located right in the heart of the City of London, it was one of the essential institutions responsible for Britain's commercial and imperial success.

Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Procession in Whitehall 1887

Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Procession in Whitehall 1887

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What: Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Procession in Whitehall 1887

When: 1887

Where: Whitehall, City of Westminster, London

Story: A very rare photograph of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Procession as it proceeds down Whitehall in 1887. Photos of the Golden Jubilee tend to be overshadowed by the far bigger Diamond Jubilee celebrations 10 years later.

Special Jubilee 2012 Photos – A Look Back At Past Jubilees

We're now just one full work week away from the Diamond Jubilee celebrations that will be held from June 2-5, 2012. To get in the spirit of the celebrations, I've decided to have a look back at previous Jubilees. This will be only the second time the UK has celebrated a Diamond Jubilee (the first was Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897). So it's not exactly a common phenomenon.

With the help of Art.co.uk, I've managed to find a variety photos from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, along with photos of King George V's and Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilees (1935 and 1977 respectively).

I hope you enjoy them and you can find all of them by using the jubilee tag.