Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria

Today in 1901, Queen Victoria died aged 81, at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.  By coincidence, this week, we have just begun to Catalogue the Quarter Session Rolls for 1901.  As our project covers all of Queen Victoria's reign, it feels rather strange to now be referring to the King in our cataloguing process rather than to Her Majesty the Queen.

The Quarter Session Minutes book for the period contains the Address sent by the Justices of the Peace of Bedfordshire to the new king, Edward VII.  The address expresses both their sympathy for the great loss which has befallen His Majesty and the whole Empire but then goes on to offer sincere congratulations to the King on his accession to the throne.

Address to King Edward VII

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service document of the month, featured the visit of Queen Victoria to Woburn Abbey.  The case involved a member of Queen Victoria's escort being arrested and charged with stealing a pocket watch.  Click here to review the document.

QSM 49

No comments:

Post a Comment