Film ID:
YFA 15



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A short film made by the Riley Brothers, this film contains rare footage of Queen Victoria during her visit to Sheffield on 21 May, 1897 to open the Town Hall.  This is one of the earliest films in the YFA collection.   

The procession, filmed by a single static camera, passes through a wide street which is decorated with bunting.  A crowd has gathered at the sides of the street to watch the procession which is guarded by policemen.   

The film begins with, possibly, the tenth carriage into the procession.  This carriage carries the Lady Southampton, the Hon. Mrs. Mallet, and the Lord Chamberlain (the Earl of Latham.)  This is followed by troops on horseback, probably either her Majesty's 2nd Life Guards or the troop of 17th Lancers.  Next follows the Queen’s carriage with Queen Victoria seated on the right hand side and facing forward.  She is holding a parasol and wearing a veil.  Seated next to the Queen is Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein.  The Duke of Connaught is seated opposite.  

Following the Queen’s carriage is her Majesty's 2nd Life Guards and/or the Sheffield Squadron of the Yorks Dragoons Yeomanry Cavalry.  This is the final scene.