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The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Notebook records Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

Thursday, 23 February 2012

A notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded guests at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations is to go on display.

A Fabergé notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded guests who attended her Diamond Jubilee celebrations is to go on display in the exhibition Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse from 16 March.  The Queen signed and dated the notebook herself. On every other page are the signatures of her guests, who included crowned heads of Europe. Many had attended the dinner at Buckingham Palace on the evening before the official Jubilee commemoration on 22 June 1897. Queen Victoria later described that evening in her journal.  She wrote, ‘The dinner was in the Supper Room…All the family, foreign Royalties, special Ambassadors & Envoys were invited.  I sat between the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand & the Pce of Naples.’

The exhibition Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces reflects the tastes of monarchs and other members of the royal family who have shaped the Royal Collection over the past five centuries.  The selection of 100 outstanding works has been made across the entire breadth of the Collection and from nine royal residences. It includes paintings, drawings, miniatures, watercolours, manuscripts, furniture, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery.  Most items will be shown in Scotland for the first time.

The notebook is one of more than 20 pieces of Fabergé to go on display in the exhibition, which marks Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Scotland. Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II are the only two sovereigns in the history of the British Monarchy to have reached this milestone. 

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