The Royal Channel posted some new videos, including several historical ones. They were all shown today at a reception for the British Film Industry.
The first video is of Queen Victoria and her extended family, including the Russian Imperial Family. It is the first film to include members of the Royal Family and was made at Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, by William Edward Downey of the W. & D. Downey photographic studio on 3 October 1896. The film features Queen Victoria in her pony carriage (with Turi, her Pomeranian) and members of her extended family, including her grand-daughter the Tsarina Alexandra and Tsar Nicholas II; her son, the Duke of Connaught and his wife; and several royal children. The complete film was shown to Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on 23 November 1896.
The second video is from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. It shows part of the procession through London to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee on 22 June 1897. This was the first public event involving Queen Victoria to be recorded on film. The Queen's carriage, pulled by eight cream horses, can be seen towards the end of the footage. Also in the carriage were Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (third daughter of Queen Victoria) and the Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra).
The third video shows Sir and Lady Winston Churchill spending some private time with members of the Royal Family, including the Queen and Prince Charles.