Queen Victoria's visit to Wolverhampton, November 1866

Soon after the double wedding, in November 1866, Queen Victoria chose to visit Wolverhampton to unveil an equestrian statue of Prince Albert in High Green, renamed Queen Square in her honour. Hannah and Edith Macdonald would surely have tried to see the processions and enjoy the festivities. It was certainly a major event as the Queen unexpectedly knighted the Mayor after the unveiling, but more significantly this was the first public engagement by the Queen since the death of her Consort five years earlier. It was a major coup for Wolverhampton as she had turned down invitations from other much larger places like Liverpool and Manchester.
The royal visit in 1866.

Queen Victoria's carriage procession along Snow Hill, Wolverhampton.

From the Illustrated London News.

The unveiling of the statue of the Prince Consort.

After the Royal visit, a fireworks display was held in the evening at the Racecourse and many streets and buildings in the town centre were illuminated by gas-light.

It must have been quite a sight, as the incredible photograph taken that evening in Queen Square shows.

A photograph of the newly-named Queen Square.

With gas-light illuminations on the evening of 30th November 1866.

Queen Square in 1867.

As the Macdonalds would have known it, showing the recently unveiled statue of Victoria's consort.

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