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Queens and crowns
The British demonstrate patriotism through symbols: such as the lion, the crown and the rose for England, the unicorn and the thistle for Scotland, the dragon for Wales. The crown is visual shorthand for the state and often appears in commemorative posters and illustrations.
Petitions illustrated with crowns, flowers, castles and civic coats-of-arms were sent to Queen Victoria from across the British Empire to pay tribute on her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 (see more in our royal celebrations showcase). Unique photographs of Queen Victoria provide a different perspective of the formidable queen, including informal family portraits and even a picture of her smiling.
Patriotism in the decades before the First World War is shown in material held in the COPY 1 Stationers' Hall records. Almost every box has illustrations or photographs of the royal family or the imperial heroes of the day.
Queen Elizabeth II is the only other British monarch to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of her accession to the throne, in 2012. Her part in the Second World War, state visits, trooping the colour and much more are represented by our collections. Photographs, portraits and other artefacts record a lifetime devoted to leading the nation.
Metallic crown image adapted from coronation poster, 1953/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/uniq13-metallic-crown-image-adpated-from-coronation-poster-1953.jpg
Catalogue reference: UNIQ 13
Coram Rege Rolls initial detail Elizabeth I, 1584/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/kb27-1289-2-coram-rege-rolls-initial-detail-elizabeth-I-1584.jpg
Catalogue reference: KB 27/1289/2
HRH Princess Elizabeth, 1944/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/inf2-43-(1516)-hrh-princess-elizabeth-1944.jpg
Catalogue reference: INF 2/43 (1516)
HM Queen Elizabeth II inspects guard of honour at RAF Gatow Berlin, 27 May 1965/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/air28-1584-hm-queen-elizabeth-II-inspects-guard-of-honour-at-raf-gatow-berlin-27-May-1965.jpg
Catalogue reference: AIR 28/1584
Common seal of HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1965/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/ev8-1-common-seal-of-queen-elizabeth-II-reverse-1965.jpg
Catalogue reference: EV 8/1
Crown detail poster advert for salmon, 1906/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/copy-1-241-(140)-crown-detail-poster-advert-for-salmon-1906.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/241 (140)
Queen Victoria and grandchildren, 1887/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/copy1-380B-(299)-queen-victoria-and-grandchildren-1887.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/380B (299)
Queen Victoria smiling, 1887/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/copy1-381-f350-queen-victoria-smiling-1887.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/381 f350
HRH Princess Elizabeth in the Second World War Auxiliary Territorial Service/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/inf2-44-(2834)-hrh-princess-elizabeth-ats-ww2.jpg
Catalogue reference: INF 2/44 (2834)
HRH Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the Festival of Britain, 1951/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/work25-207-princess-elizabeth-and-prince-philip-at-the-festival-of-britain-1951.jpg
Catalogue reference: WORK 25/207
HRH Princess Elizabeth at trooping the colour, 1948-1950/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/work21-292-princess-elizabeth-at-trooping-the-colour-1948-1950.jpg
Catalogue reference: WORK 21/292
Queen Victoria, 1882/images/imagelibrary/showcase/queens-and-crowns/copy1-57-(388)-queen-victoria-1882.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/57 (388)
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