It was 1897, and Queen Victoria was 78 years old. In her diary, she wrote,
No-one ever, I believe, has met with such an ovation as was given to me, passing through those six miles of streets… The crowds were quite indescribable and their enthusiasm truly marvellous and deeply touching.
The cheering was quite deafening and every face seemed to be filled with (real) joy.
They had roast beef ribs and veal and ham pies, then dates, oranges and a vessel of English ale or ginger beer and then a pipe full of tobacco. I don’t even eat that well.
Her telegram message transmitted across the globe that day.
Queen Victoria died three and a half years after this celebration, and still holds the longest reign in the history of the U.K., Queen Elizabeth II holding the second longest reign. The next few years will tell if Victoria is surpassed.