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In 1897 Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and the event saw the creation of the first of ILN’s much-acclaimed ‘Record Numbers’. (Appendix List no. 31) This was the issue entitled ‘Her Majesty’s Glorious Jubilee 1897. The Record Number of a Record Reign’ and was published to coincide with Jubilee Day, June 21st.

The card cover depicts a tassel-fringed silver silken drape over which hang linked coloured miniatures in gold frames of the Queen at various stages of her life together with those of many of her children and grandchildren. Each page of letterpress is printed in a form of gothic script and each page is contained within a gold decorated frame. There are 12 full page plates in rich colours protected by tissue guards. The eminent artist W. L. Wyllie was the author of most of the sumptuous plates. The 56 pages of the main text (the additional 16 pages were filled with advertisements) were divided into sections under the following headings: The Queen as Wife and Mother; The Queen and her Statesmen; British Victories by Land and Sea; two Royal Christenings, Science of the Reign, the Queen in 1887; the navy in the Victorian Era; Sixty Years in Parliament; the Triumph of Steam and Electricity and The Queen’s Homes. The publication, measuring 30 x 40cm was priced at half a crown.

A second edition was issued on July 5th. In November of that year the same publication was offered bound in royal scarlet or royal blue with gilt edges at a price of 7/6.

The issue published on June 26 (number 3036, vol. 110, pages 891-904 and priced at one shilling) was special in that the words ‘The Queen’s Jubilee Procession Double Number’ are displayed in gothic script beneath the ILN’s own pictorial masthead.

(Appendix List no. 32). It covers the Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Illuminations, the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace and the Grand Military Tattoo at Windsor Castle. Walter Besant wrote an imaginative allegory ‘The Procession of the People’. A separate 16 page supplement details all the aspects of the procession which went from Buckingham Palace, all the way to St. Paul’s Cathedral, through Piccadilly, down St. James’s Street, along the Strand and Fleet Street. After St. Paul’s the Procession moved to the city, crossing London Bridge and returned by Westminster Bridge to Buckingham Palace. The following week’s issue of July 3 (number 3037, vol. 111) is again a special number in that the words 'The Grand Jubilee Naval Review Double Number’ appear on the front cover date line.

(Appendix List no. 33). In addition to the naval pictures, there are illustrations of the Queen inspecting the Yeomen of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Lord Mayor ‘s Luncheon and the Queen at Kensington. A 16 page ‘panoramic supplement’ (that is to say it folds out into twice the length of a normal issue) highlights the festivities connected with the celebrations. This supplement has a special cover in red, white and blue which shows H.M.S. “Queen” (the first battleship launched in the Queen’s reign), H.M.S. Illustrious’ (the last battleship launched in the Queen’s reign) and a central picture of the royal yacht ‘Victoria and Albert’. The most impressive illustration is a 4 page fold-out view of the 30 miles of war ships at Spithead. next page >>

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