Queen Victoria’s Visit to Manchester 1851

In 1851 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert paid their first visit to Manchester and Salford.  This was the first visit of a monarch to the region for a century and a half. The escort for the royal party included a Guard of Honour of the Yeoman Cavalry who accompanied them as far as Cross lane, the boundary between Pendleton and Salford.

Queen Victoria Statue in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens 

The Queen and Prince Albert stayed at Worsley Hall as guests of the Earl of Ellesmere. On the 10th of October, the Queen and Prince Albert left Worsley Hall and the procession took them through Salford to Peel Park, where 80,000 Sunday school children performed the National Anthem.

The Queen responded with an address in which she expressed her ‘great pleasure…seeing the attention that was paid to the education of the rising generation in Manchester and Salford’.  From Peel Park the royal procession continued into Manchester and the combined spectator figure recorded for both boroughs was 800,000.

Victoria's Pride LOL 788 Bannerette 

The following report of the Queen’s visit appeared in the Orange and Blue Banner:

‘The Queen’s Visit to Manchester - On Friday 10th, a glorious day for all true and faithful subjects, was in an especial manner, a great day for the Protestant Association of Loyal Orangemen of the North Western Province of England. At the head of the many associated bodies assembled to honour the Queen, stood five times three hundred men, led on by Bro’s Gibson, G.S., Redhead, G.C., and Nicholls, D.M. of Manchester, who were amongst the first and foremost to welcome the arrival of the Royal Family, ‘shouting with a great shout’, the Chowbent Orange Band playing the National Anthem as the Royal carriage passed by.  Notwithstanding self-praise is no recommendation, we cannot help congratulating our truly loyal brethren on their strict compliance with the orders of the day; thus testifying to all, their ready obedience to the powers that be, and proving to the world their undeviating loyalty to the person of the Sovereign (being Protestant).  We also rejoice to add, that there were many anxious enquirers, and trust that the proceedings of the day may be the means of causing our Anti-Popery Institution to grow with its growth, and strengthen with its strength.  The evening was spent by the brethren at their different Lodge Rooms, especially at the following houses: Bro Whitworth, the Britannia Inn, Wilton’s Arms, Stag and Pheasant, and also at the house of our Friend and Agent for the ‘Banner’, Bro Vaughan, where our good Orangewomen were not forgotten, as a large number of them celebrated the event of the Queen’s first visit to Manchester, by partaking of ‘the cup that cheers but not inebriates’’.

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