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Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Troops Return to Buckingham Palace

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Troops Return to Buckingham Palace

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What: Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Troops Return to Buckingham Palace

When: 1897

Where: Buckingham Palace, City of Westminster, London

Story: Photo of Queen Victoria's Troops as they return to Buckingham Palace. Notice in the background you can see the Houses of Parliament, the Clock Tower (better known as Big Ben) and Westminster Abbey.

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.

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.