The longest-reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee marking 50 years of her reign on June 20 and 21 1887. On 20 June the day began quietly with breakfast under the trees at Frogmore, the resting place of her beloved late husband, Prince Albert.
She then traveled by train to Buckingham Palace where fifty foreign kings and princes, along with the governing heads of Britain’s overseas colonies and dominions, attended the royal banquet that evening. She wrote in her diary of the event: “Had a large family dinner. All the Royalties assembled in the Bow Room, and we dined in the Supper room, which looked splendid with the buffet covered with the gold plate. The table was a large horseshoe one, with many lights on it.”
On the following day, Queen Victoria traveled in an open landau to Westminster Abbey, escorted by Indian cavalry. The cavalry was part of Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West Show”, invited to participate in the Jubilee for the entertainment of the Queen and her guests. In all, some 18 buffaloes, 181 horses, 10 elk, 4 donkeys, 5 longhorn Texan steers, 2 deer and a Deadwood Concord stagecoach along with 97 Indians and the rest of the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show descended upon England. The show was credited with improving British and American relations. The procession through London, according to Mark Twain, “stretched to the limit of sight in both directions.” Spectators were accommodated on terraced benches along 10 miles of scaffolding erected for the purpose. Queen Victoria rode in the procession in her gilded State landau, drawn by six cream-colored horses.
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