Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee
June 20, 1887, marked the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne at age 18. The British government wanted to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in style to honor Queen Victoria and recognize Britain’s place as a world power. On June 20, the Queen had a private breakfast with her family near the grave of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, followed later by a great banquet at Buckingham Palace. “The Princes were all in uniform, and the Princesses were all beautifully dressed,” the Queen wrote in her diary of the event. On June 21, there was a great procession through London to Westminster Abbey, where a service of thanksgiving and prayer was held. The celebration concluded with the Children’s Jubilee in Hyde Park in London on June 22. Not everyone approved of the festivities—both Ireland and the United States had various protests over Britain’s perceived tyranny over Ireland.