1897 - Victoria, Diamond

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1897 - Victoria, Diamond

On the bank holiday of 22 June 1897, Queen Victoria’s National Service of Thanksgiving was held outside St Paul’s at the foot of the west steps.

1. Jubilee Home
2. 1897 - Victoria, Diamond
3. 1935 - George V, Silver
4. 1977 - Elizabeth II, Silver
5. 2002 - Elizabeth II, Golden
6. 2012 - Elizabeth II, Diamond


Due to her frailty she remained in her carriage throughout the ceremony where the clergy joined her, surrounded by dignitaries and troops from around the Empire. At only twenty minutes long, the ceremony consisted of a performance of a Te Deum by a huge orchestra and choir, prayers, benediction and the ‘Old Hundredth’.

The procession carrying the Queen and her guests to St Paul’s was seventeen carriages long and included members of her own Royal Family as well as others from around the world. Queen Victoria travelled in a carriage pulled by eight cream horses and was accompanied by her third daughter, Helena; Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein and the Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra).

After the ceremony, the Queen toured a large area of London on her way back to Buckingham Palace as well as stopping at Mansion House to be welcomed into the City of London by the Lord Mayor. The day was extremely popular with the people of Britain, demonstrated by the 25,000 specially erected seats along the six-mile processional route. There was also special seating at St Paul’s, which had audience seating constructed at the top of the west steps creating a marvellous view of the service. The dome was also in the spotlight; lit up by search lights from the roofs of the surrounding warehouses.

The Jubilee celebrations ended up lasting a fortnight, despite Queen Victoria originally requesting they last only one day. Additional events that took place in the Queens honour over the period included military reviews, a garden party at Buckingham Palace, concerts, a state banquet and receptions as well as numerous public celebrations. The poet Laureate at the time, Mr Alfred Austin, also presented Queen Victoria with a specially written poem entitled ‘Victoria’.