1838, Coronation of Queen Victoria
On This day during on June 28, 1838, The Coronation of Queen Victoria held in Westminster Abbey after a public procession through the streets from Buckingham Palace.
Queen Victoria succeeded to the throne of the United Kingdom at age of 18. Planning for the coronation, led by the prime minister, Lord Melbourne, began at Cabinet level in March 1838.
Meanwhile, coronation budget at £70,000. However, it more than double the cost of the “cut-price” 1831 coronation. Further, considerably it less than the £240,000 spent, when George IV crowned in July 1821.
However, prior to 1838, only the peerage has taken part in a coronation. The day’s ceremonies would have begun in Westminster Hall. Therefore, upon their completion, peers would have walked together across the road to Westminster Abbey, where they witness the monarch crowned.
It has been estimate that some 400,000 visitors arrived to coronation. Victoria’s coronation crown was badly damage when an accident occurred at the State Opening of Parliament in 1845.
At the time of her death during on 22 January 1901, aged 81, she was the longest-reigning British monarch. However, her record broken by Elizabeth II in September 2015.
The next coronation, the first of four in the twentieth century, was that of Victoria’s son and successor, Edward VII, on Saturday, 9 August 1902.