Saturday, May 18, 2019

Souvenir Saturday: West Street, Durban 1897

The bunting, flags etc may indicate that Durban was busy celebrating 
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 22 June 1897. Her accession to the throne was
commemorated throughout the Empire.

Ten years earlier the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria was celebrated on 20 June 1887, the fiftieth anniversary of Victoria's accession on 20 June 1837. A banquet was held to which 50 European kings and princes were invited.

 Queen Victoria died 22 January 1901, at Osborne, on the Isle of Wight. Her reign lasted 63 years and 216 days. She was the longest-reigning British monarch until this record was superseded by the current Queen, Elizabeth II, whose reign now stretches over 67 years and about 99 days.

Queen Victoria in 1897

Queen Eizabeth II has reigned since 6 February 1952.

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