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A History of British Royal Jubilees (Paperback)

British History P&S History Georgian Era Victorian Era 20th Century 19th Century 18th Century Royal History

By June Woolerton
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399062763
Published: 30th June 2022


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As Queen Elizabeth II became the only British Monarch to rule for seventy years, she marked the historic moment with a simple message, promising to continue her lifetime of service. But while her Jubilee day was quiet, it was merely the start of a year long celebration that would see millions around the world join the royal party.

Jubilees have become regular events in The Queen’s long reign but they are a relatively modern idea which only really took hold in the reign of King George III. Initially rejected by many as a frivolity, the first royal Jubilee became a huge success. It was a beguiling mix of pageantry, religious devotion and popular celebrations including street parties that has been copied in the Jubilees that followed.

Queen Victoria enjoyed two successful celebrations, including Britain's first Diamond Jubilee, which helped re-establish her popularity and consolidate the Monarchy. King George V turned to the joy of a Jubilee to re-invigorate his country as it recovered from war and economic woes. In the reign of his granddaughter, Elizabeth II, Jubilees have been transformed into modern media events celebrated globally.

In A History of British Royal Jubilees, we trace the ever evolving story of these popular celebrations, bringing each of them to life and looking at how they changed the image of royalty and the country itself. This is the story of how Jubilee celebrations have become vital to the success of Britain’s Royal Family and to its place at the heart of a nation.

I read this over Jubilee weekend, which I found to be a fitting time to read such a fascinating book. I can't recall ever coming across a history book focused just on a history of the British Jubilee celebrations, so the author automatically gets points in my book for a concept that seems so obvious, and yet is so original.

NetGalley, Spencer Wright

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A History of British Royal Jubilees is a wonderful written history for lovers of the Royal Family. After having just watched Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee, I was excited to read about the prior Jubilees held for the past monarchs. This book shows how beloved the celebrated monarchs were and are to the people of the Commonwealth with the many celebrations held in their honor. I was especially pleased to read this book included this year's Platinum Jubilee. There were many details that I had not seen or read about, so it was extra special to see them included.

This is a special book of memories full of love for the monarchs whose duty it is to serve the people.

NetGalley, Colleen Mark

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is an in-depth history of the Jubilee celebrations of the British monarchy, including the most recent Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The author includes often overlooked details of past celebrations. If you are as fascinated by the Royal Family as I am, you will enjoy this book.


I enjoyed reading this one about Royal Jubilees as Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 70 years on the throne. This book does talk about Queen Victoria who had two jubilees one of which was Britain's first Diamond one. And how it's being going on since George III so it's "a modern thing".

NetGalley, Carissa Miller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

June Woolerton's book reminds us of British Royal Jubilees past. There actually haven't been as many as you might think. Half of them have, in fact, occurred under the present Queen (in 1977, 2002, 2012 and now 2022).
The first was George III's Golden Jubilee in 1810. Although not the first king to reach the fifty year mark, he was the first to celebrate it properly, despite his poor heath. He died in January 1820, around nine months before his reign reached the sixty year milestone.
Although the term 'jubilee'' was originally only intended to apply to 50th anniversaries, George's granddaughter, Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden and Diamond Jubilees in 1887 and 1897. Her own grandson, George V celebrated his Silver Jubilee in 1935. He died a few months later.
June Woolerton's book fills in the gaps on these occasional traditional Royal celebrations.

NetGalley, Chris Hallam

About June Woolerton

June Woolerton is an author and journalist who’s spent twenty years reporting on and writing about royalty and royal history. She’s the editor of a major royal website and has written extensively for magazines and publications on history’s most famous monarchies and rulers as well as presenting podcasts and radio shows on royalty. After graduating in history, she enjoyed a broadcasting career before moving into print and obtaining a degree in psychology. She lives near London with her husband and son.

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