On This Day 178 Years Ago – Victoria crowned Queen of England

On 28th June 1838 the Coronation of Queen Victoria took place just over a year after she ascended the throne at the tender age of 18 when her uncle King William IV died in 1837. The procession to and from the ceremony at Westminster Abbey was witnessed by huge crowds because the new railways made it possible for an unprecedented 400,000 people to come to London from the rest of the country! Only four years later Queen Victoria became the first monarch to ride on a train!

An interesting short biography of Queen Victoria may be seen on The Enchanted Manor blog written by Barbara Jones on Victoria Day 3 years ago:

“Years ago, I read several books by Jean Plaidy, aka Victoria Holt, about the life of Queen Victoria of England and I became fascinated by her.  I enjoyed reading about her life from the time of her ascension to the British throne, to her marriage to Prince Albert and her sudden widowhood after his untimely death, to the birth of her nine children and her difficult relationship with her son who was destined to become the future King Edward VII, through to the time of her death at the beginning of the 20th century.”

 

The official painting of the Coronation of Queen Victoria by Sir George Hayter

Sir George Hayter was offered the commission less than a week before the event, on 22 June 1838, for a fee of 2,000 guineas. He witnessed the ceremony in Westminster Abbey from the Lord Great Chamberlain’s box, which was above the box occupied by the royal ladies.
The Coronation of Queen Victoria by Sir George Hayter who was offered the commission less than a week before the event for a fee of 2,000 guineas (£130,000 in today’s money). He witnessed the ceremony in Westminster Abbey from the Lord Great Chamberlain’s box, which is just above the box occupied by the royal ladies.
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