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Some of the floral tributes sent to Windsor Castle to mark the funeral of Queen Victoria in February 1901. The second tribute from the right was ‘A small token of loyal and devoted affection for our dear departed Queen from a few Artists of the Music Hall Profession.’ According to a report in The Times (2 February 1901): ‘Much disappointment was experienced this morning by the public on reading the notice affixed to the Castle gates that the wreaths would not be on view. […] As long as it was possible to view the flowers the permission was readily granted; but the immense number of floral offerings has made it necessary that this privilege should be discontinued. The wreaths and other tributes displayed in the Dean’s cloister do not include those received at Osborne.' Photographer unidentified.
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Floral tributes arranged around Queen Victoria's empty bier in the Albert Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Queen’s coffin, surmounted by her crown, had previous lain in state in the chapel, guarded by Grenadier Guards, from 2 February to 4 February, before it was taken to Frogmore Mausoleum to rest beside her husband Prince Albert. According to a report in The Times (2 February 1901): 'Those [floral tributes] which predominated were the offerings of the Army. There is something peculiarly fitting in the presence of these wreaths surrounding the very spot where the coffin is to rest before the last rites are performed over it in the Mausoleum at Frogmore. With touching simplicity, the cards on the wreaths of the regiments of the Army which the Queen loved so well bear testimony to the homage of her soldiers and to the sorrow which her death has occasioned.’ Photographer unidentified.
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Some of the flowers sent to Windsor Castle to mark the funeral of Queen Victoria in February 1901. According to pencilled annotations in the margins, the four largest floral tributes seen here (from left to right) were from America, the Academy of Arts, the Tower of London, and the English residents at Le Havre. 'The wreaths and other tributes displayed in the Dean’s cloister do not include those received at Osborne. Those sent direct to Windsor are, however, so numerous as to be almost bewildering. No one who has not had the privilege of seeing them can form the slightest conception of their number or variety. They have been arriving during the last two days in carts, trucks, wagons, and vans: and the sight which met my eye as I walked through the Dean’s cloister today was one which words are powerless to describe. From the whole world, from foreign Sovereigns, from the colonies, from America, from Scotland, Ireland, and, indeed, every quarter of the United Kingdom and the British Empire these tributes of sympathy have poured in' (The Times, 2 February 1901). Photographer unidentified.
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