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The opening of the Great Exhibition 1851

dated 1851

RCIN 452380

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations opened in the ‘Crystal Palace’ in Hyde Park, London, on 1 May 1851. It was the culmination of nearly two years’ work by Prince Albert and a dedicated committee. Here Queen Victoria is shown on the dais at the opening ceremony; she described the event as ‘one of the greatest and most glorious days of our lives’.

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