Queen Victoria 1896 Diamond Jubilee longest reign

Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India. She died 22 January 1901 (aged 81)

Queen Victoria in her Diamond Jubilee photograph, 1897

On 23 September 1896, Victoria surpassed her grandfather George III as the longest-reigning monarch in English, Scottish, and British history. The Queen requested that any special celebrations be delayed until 1897, to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee, which was made a festival of the British Empire at the suggestion of Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain.

The prime ministers of all the self-governing dominions were invited, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession through London included troops from all over the empire. The parade paused for an open-air service of thanksgiving held outside St Paul’s Cathedral, throughout which Victoria sat in her open carriage. The celebration was marked by great outpourings of affection for the septuagenarian Queen.

An Aynsley Bone China Cup, Saucer & Side Plate Bearing
Queen Victoria’s Coat of Arms, together with her Flag
and that of Great Britain, along with an image of the Crown
of State. Produced to commemorate Queen Victoria’s
Diamond Jubilee of 60 Years on the Throne, 1897