Coronation of Queen Victoria
Not on view
The nineteen-year-old queen was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 28, 1838. She is here shown on the ancient throne of Edward I facing the Archbishop of Canterbury as her nobles hail their monarch with raised coronets. Noblewomen stand behind the throne and the royal family witnesses the ceremony from the side. Victoria's coronation followed a model established by her uncle William IV, modest in its scope when compared to lavish ceremonies held by George IV. Ryall's print is based on an 1839 painting by Hayter in the Royal Collection.