Kensington Palace takes a view from the crowd to explore Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

By Ruth Hazard | 25 May 2012
© HRH Palaces
Exhibition: Jubilee- A view from the crowd, Kensington Palace, London, until November 4 2012

If you think the rise of Royal merchandise connected to the Queen's Jubilee is over the top, take a look at how the Victorians repsonded to their monarch's 60th anniversary celebration.

Kensington Palace is looking back at how our Victorian counterparts celebrated in 1897, when Queen Victoria became the first monarch to reach the 60-year milestone.

It seems the first Diamond Jubilee was met with excitement from across the length and breadth of the British Empire, irrespective of social class or nationality.

Jubilee - a View From the Crowd explores the historic event from the point of view of those who celebrated it, from the duchesses in the Palace to the newspaper sellers on the street.

The commemorative events that took place were as diverse as the Queen's subjects. At the heart of the festivities was a grand procession on June 22, when three million people crowded into the capital city, all eager to catch a glimpse of the queen.

The exhibition features some iconic shots from the dawn of photography as well a some fascinating objects - including merchandising drawn from private collections and the Royal collection.

The result is a visual exploration of a momentous moment in British history that offers some timely insights into the relationship between monarchy and the people. Perhaps things haven't changed as much as we might think.

  • Open 10am-6pm. Admission £14.50/£12 (free for under-16s).
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