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Pathé: ‘Diamond Jubilee Of Queen Victoria’ (1897)

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is titled ‘Diamond Jubilee Of Queen Victoria’ (1897) and shows a military procession along a crowded street celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession.

In the film, we see Queen Victoria passing in an open carriage holding a parasol. It was the first ever Diamond Jubilee of a British monarch. Two days later, the jubilee was marked by the Festival of the British Empire. This promoted the idea of Queen Victoria as the ruler of a global empire. She oversaw the expansion of the British Empire during her reign, and by 1897, she ruled over around 25% of the world’s population.

With this film, students could consider:

– What kind of celebration do you see in this film?

– Why do you think this celebration was chosen to mark the occasion?

– What was Queen Victoria’s legacy for Britain?

– How do you think these celebrations compare to this year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Elizabeth II?

This film could be used alongside our Platinum Jubilee learning resources, which tells the story of Elizabeth II’s 70 years as Queen using genuine historical sources from The National Archives and The Royal Collections:

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