The Illustrated London News was the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. Its first issue appeared in May 1842 and continued publication until 2003. Due to this, it missed covering Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. It did though manage to cover in great detail the Diamond Jubilee of another monarch – Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria rightfully earned the nickname “the grandmother of Europe” with over 42 grandchildren. Her descendants include Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Sofia of Spain. Her celebrations were no less impressive with her request to turn it into a festival of the British Empire! Through this online resource you can see in full colour the pageantry, ceremony and general gushing at Queen Victoria’s achievement.
For coverage of our current monarch’s celebrations and travels we have to look to Press Display which contains over 1200 fully scanned newspapers from around the world including many from England. We have the Daily Mail’s more sensational approach to the celebration and the more conservative approach of the Sunday Telegraph!
Newspapers continue to be our link to what is happening around the world – the format may change but our love for the printed word continues. Check out both these online resources for news of times past or present. All you need is your library card number, PIN and a visit to the Source.