Silver Jubilee of George V

The Silver Jubilee of George V on 6 May 1935 marked 25 years of George V as the King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India.[1] The Jubilee was marked with large-scale and popular events throughout London and the rest of the United Kingdom in May 1935. It was the first ever Silver Jubilee celebration of a British monarch in history.[2] The King died less than a year later.

Silver Jubilee of George V
From left to right: King George V, wearing Garter robes, poses for his Silver Jubilee portrait by John St Helier Lander; Queen Mary poses for a portrait by Lander
GenreJubilee of the monarch of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions
Date(s)6 May 1935
Previous eventDiamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
Next eventSilver Jubilee of Elizabeth II

Celebrations edit

The Heart of The Empire, a painting by Frank O. Salisbury, which depicts the Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Service inside St Paul's Cathedral on 6 May 1935

The Silver Jubilee Celebrations in London began with a carriage procession through London to St Paul's Cathedral for a national service of thanksgiving on 6 May 1935. It was followed by another procession back to Buckingham Palace, where the Royal Family appeared on the balcony. The King and Queen were joined by members of the Royal Family, including Queen Maud of Norway, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Harewood, the Duke of Gloucester, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Due to popular demand, the King waved from the same balcony for a few consecutive days later in the same week.[3]

The Jubilee day was declared a bank holiday[4] and celebrations were held across the United Kingdom with garden parties, pageants and sports events.[5] At 8 pm, the King's Jubilee speech was broadcast. He gave thanks "from the depths of his heart to his dear people" on behalf of himself and Queen Mary, for the Jubilee commemorations.[6][7]

Throughout the month of May, the King continued taking carriage rides through London. He also took one through north London for the Queen's birthday on 26 May, during which they were accompanied by their two granddaughters: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret of York.[3]

The Jubilee was also marked with a ball for two thousand guests at Buckingham Palace on 14 May, an Empire Exhibition and the State Opening of Parliament. A reception was hosted by the Lord Mayor of London in honour of the King and Queen, which was also attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York.

During the Jubilee celebrations, the King received a large number of telegrams from across the empire and around the world, with warm wishes, both from world leaders and his subjects. The public's reaction to George V's appearances over the jubilant celebrations only confirmed the popularity of a Jubilee celebration as well as the esteem in which the King was held.[1][6]

Other commemorations edit

An Australian stamp marking the Silver Jubilee of King George V
A mug with two handles, displaying portraits of King George V and Queen Mary surrounded by flags and regalia, commemorating the King's Silver Jubilee

A Silver Jubilee Medal was created to a commemorate the Jubilee. It was awarded to the members of the Royal Family and selected officers of state, officials and servants of the Royal Household, ministers, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions.[8]

The Jubilee was marked by loads of different Jubilee souvenirs. Every child born on the Jubilee Day (6 May 1935) was given a special silver commemorative cup.[9] A Silver crown coin was also released by the Royal Mint to mark the Jubilee.[4][10] Specific sets of stamps were issued for the Jubilee in the United Kingdom and the dominions, including issues in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa.[11][12]

The obverse of the English-language version of the $25 banknote. The portraits are of King George V on the left and Queen Mary on the right.

The Bank of Canada issued its first commemorative banknote to commemorate the King's Silver Jubilee. It was a $25 banknote in the 1935 Series.[13] The royal purple banknote was issued on 6 May 1935, and is the only $25 banknote ever issued by the Bank of Canada.[14][15]

A mountain in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada was named Mount George V after George V, to commemorate his Silver jubilee in 1935.[16]

In Sungai Petani, Malaysia, a 12.1 m clock tower was built on the main street, Jalan Ibrahim, in 1936. The tower, topped by a dome-shaped structure, was a present from Lim Lean Teng to King George V and Queen Mary to commemorate the Silver Jubilee.[17]

The Jubilee Pool, an open-air seaside lido, was opened in Penzance, Cornwall to commemorate the Jubilee.[18]

For the 1935 Silver Jubilee, the first version of Jubilee chicken was created, and was based on chicken dressed with mayonnaise and curry powder.[19]

Gallery edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Harold Nicolson, King George V (1953) pp 510–532. online
  2. ^ "No silver jubilee for Queen Victoria". The Guardian. 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "1935 - George V, Silver; St Paul's Cathedral".
  4. ^ a b "King George V's Silver Jubilee". Wokingham Virtual Museum.
  5. ^ "The Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary 1935". Brockham History.
  6. ^ a b Owens, Edward (15 October 2018). The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-53. University of London Press. p. 420. ISBN 9781909646988.
  7. ^ "King George V - Jubilee Speech Aka George 5th (1935)". YouTube.
  8. ^ Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. p. 40. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.
  9. ^ "George V Silver Jubilee Cup". BBC.
  10. ^ "George V Silver Jubilee crown". Google Arts & Culture.
  11. ^ "Silver Jubilee". The Postal Museum.
  12. ^ "A history of Jubilees | The Royal Family". 29 December 2015.
  13. ^ Powell, James (December 2005). A History of the Canadian dollar (PDF). Bank of Canada. p. 44. ISBN 0662281233. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  14. ^ "$25". Bank Note Series, 1935 to present. Bank of Canada, archived at Collections Canada. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  15. ^ The Art and Design of Canadian Bank Notes (PDF). Bank of Canada. 6 December 2006. p. 33. ISBN 0660632462. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  16. ^ "Mount George V". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Sungai Petani Clock Tower". Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  18. ^ Jon Axworthy (31 May 2016). "Making a splash: Penzance's Jubilee Pool reopens". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  19. ^ "Coronation Chicken, 2012-style: A dish fit for the Queen". The Independent. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2020.

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