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Published on 1 Jun 2012 15:26 : jubilee : 0 comments : 1986 views

I've been scouring through lots of old news this week, to show everyone what great things you can uncover in the British Newspaper Archive on the site. As the Queen's Jubilee is fast approaching, I thought it would be a nice idea to search for all things Jubilee and royalty. From Jubilee named horses winning races, a newly built royal train, to Diamond Jubilee unique souvenirs and gifts, here's what I found:

During Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1897 there were a number of great adverts being posted in papers.

As you can see advertising was just as important 115 years ago as it is today. Trying to make Dunlop tyres sound appealing to buy if we want to be on trend with Jubilee fashions. I wonder if they got much business. Would anyone fall for that type of advertising today?

I also found some fantastic news articles detailing her procession, including all the great gifts she received. Take a look at this article in The Daily News 1897. It shows Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee official programme. I wonder how similar it is to this year's timetable?

Read the full article here.

I also came across a number of other great finds

  • Prince of Wales's racehorse called 'Diamond Jubilee' won the Derby at Sandown Park in 1900. [click here to view]
  • Here are some of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee presents. I think the tray and tiger's skull is my favourite! [click here to view]
  • Did you know that in preparation for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee the Great Western railway company built an entire new train for Her Majesty's use in her journey between Windsor to London? With her very own saloon and dressing room inside, now that's what I call first class service! [click here to view] and more on the royal train [click here to view]
  • It was announced in The Graphic 1898 that the Diamond Jubilee crowd were a lot thirstier than the Golden Jubilee. The quantity of beer drunk per head of the population went from 27 gallons to 30 gallons in just 10 years.

There's so much discover in the archive. Why not take a look for yourself today?

It does get addictive so make sure you have plenty of time to research, you won't be able to pull yourself away.