Diamond Jubilee 2012

 

On 6th February 2012 the nation marked the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s accession to the throne; it is on this the day her Diamond Jubilee year officially begins. It is also marked the start of a very special year for the Victoria County History. We will be celebrating the Jubilee with a rededication of the series to the present Queen, who has graciously permitted the University of London to mark the occasion in what, for us, is a particularly appropriate way; for it was the present Queen’s great-great grandmother to whom the VCH series was originally dedicated and who gave the history the title, which we will keep. 

Original dedication of VCH to Queen Victoria

The new dedication reads:

    THIS HISTORY IS DEDICATED BY GRACIOUS PRIVILEGE TO

                                QUEEN ELIZABETH II

     IN CELEBRATION OF HER MAJESTY’S DIAMOND JUBILEE,

    AND INSCRIBED TO THE MEMORY OF HER LATE MAJESTY

                                 QUEEN VICTORIA

        WHO GRACIOUSLY GAVE THE HISTORY ITS TITLE

 

Over the coming months our site will be promoting events across England which the counties involved in VCH work will be putting on to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. We are producing a commemorative paperback and looking forward to a very special Marc Fitch lecture. Look out, too, for the publication of the first books to bear the new dedication – Yorkshire East Riding IX: Great Driffield and its Townships, and Essex XI