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Attributed to London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Service in front of St Paul's Cathedral, 22 June 1897. 22 Jun 1897

RCIN 2942076

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By 1897 Queen Victoria could only walk with some difficulty. It was decided that, as she would not easily be able to mount the stairs leading to St Paul's Cathedral, the Diamond Jubilee Service should be held outside the building, the Queen remaining in her carriage. The Queen found the scene 'most impressive', but her cousin Augusta, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, was horrified at the idea that, after sixty years' reign, she should 'thank God in the Street!!!'