Victoria’s jubilee notebook to go on display in Capital

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A PRICELESS notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded guests at her diamond jubilee celebrations is to go on display in the Capital next week.

The queen signed and dated the notebook herself and on every other page are the signatures of her guests, who included crowned heads of Europe. Many had attended the dinner at Buckingham Palace on the evening before the official jubilee commemoration on June 22, 1897.

Queen Victoria later described that evening in her journal and wrote: “The dinner was in the Supper Room....All the family, foreign Royalties, special Ambassadors & Envoys were invited. I sat between the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand & the Pce of Naples.”

The Fabergé notebook will be part of the exhibition Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse from March 16.

The exhibition reflects the tastes of members of the royal family who have shaped the Royal Collection over the past five centuries.