"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.
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.
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
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.