A History of Royal Jubilees in Public Parks

By David Lambert

England’s public parks and gardens have played a central role in the celebration and the commemoration of royal jubilees for more than two hundred years. The roll call of jubilee gardens, coronation parks, queen's parks and parks named after princes and princesses reflect these special associations from the Victorian era to modern times.

This brief history has been commissioned as a contribution to Her Majesty the Queen’s own Diamond Jubilee celebrations and we hope it stimulates a new appreciation of the very special contribution local parks make to the life of our towns and cities.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • The Victoria jubilees
    The development of public parks
    Victoria and Albert
    Children’s events
    Fireworks and beacons
    Celebrations and the military
    Park management for the celebrations
    Park openings and the jubilees
    Jubilee memorials
    Celebratory planting
    An alternative memorial
  • The 20th-century jubilees
    King George V Fields
    The 1935 celebrations
    New parks and the 1935 jubilee
    1977 jubilee exhibitions and events
    New parks and the 1977 jubilee
  • The 21st-century jubilees
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements

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