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Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Street Party Celebrations 1977

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Street Party Celebrations 1977

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What: Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Street Party Celebrations

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When: 1977

Story: Photo showing everyday people at a street party honouring Elizabeth II's 25 years on the throne for her Silver Jubilee in 1977.

I wasn't even born in 1977, but whenever I see photos or video footage of the Silver Jubilee the thing that really stands out for me are the street parties. I suppose the reason is that Canadians tend not to hold them for the monarchy, despite the fact that Elizabeth II is also Queen of Canada. Just one of the interesting quirks that I've come to enjoy from the English.

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.