Aireborough Historical Society

1838 Coronation Celebration

Coronation Celebration
Date June 1838
Location Yeadon
Photo ID

 "Yeadon - The inhabitants of Yeadon celebrated the Coronation by treating between two and three hundred elderly females with tea and near a hundred old men with beef, bread and beer. The treat, given in the open air, opposite to the Robin Hood Inn.

     It is scarcely possible to conceive a more exhilarating and decorous night than this was. Many an old furrowed face, with hoary head, beamed in delight ; and that respect which ought always be shewn to age was paid to them.

      They were waited upon with the greatest attention by several young men and young women. A band of music was in attendance and played several appropriate airs and peace and hilarity appeared to pervade every breast"

Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling


Additional text by Christine Lovedale

Victoria  (1819 - 1901) was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Princess Victoria of Saxe Coburg, at the age of 18 She became Queen, her father's 3 brothers had all died without any legitimate heirs.

     The Coronation of Queen Victoria took place on June 28th 1838 in Westminster Abbey, it cost £240,000, around £18 million in today's money.

Crowds of over 400,000 people poured into London to see the spectacle, many of them travelling on the new railways.

The Queen was transported through the streets in the Gold State Coach, it has been used for Coronations ever since, the route to and from the Abbey was extended to allow the spectators a glimpse of their new Monarch.

She returned as Queen to her new residence at Buckingham Palace, the building had just been finished and She became the first Monarch to live there.


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