Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee – with some regal railway posters
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations kick off this month – and we’re gearing up to celebrate with Her Maj. Take a look at our pick of royal-themed vintage railway posters to see how regal celebrations and destinations were advertised to rail passengers in years gone by.
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1. British Railways encouraged people to take the train to London in 1953, the year of Her Maj’s coronation at Westminster Abbey, with this colourful poster, depicting the Queen’s Guard leaving Buckingham Palace and heading off along the Mall . The artwork was produced by Gordon Nicoll (1888 – 1959), a British landscape painter and commercial artist.
London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) commissioned well-known poster artist Fred Taylor to produce the image of the Scottish capital’s famous landmark in this 1930 poster, in order to persuade tourists to take the train to Edinburgh. The poster shows soldiers on horseback and a military band accompanying a horse-drawn carriage as it enters the palace.
Of course, her Maj has given train travel the royal seal of approval many times – and she’s set to love it even more this year, as last month she was given a stunning new silver-liveried Diamond Jubilee train so she could travel in style on her Jubilee tour of the U.K.
3. Her Maj likes to hang out at Windsor Castle at weekends – and the royals have been taking the train to and from Windsor for more than a century. In 1842, Queen Victoria travelled by carriage from the Castle to Slough Station and caught the train to London, the first British railway journey by a UK monarch.
Windsor and Eton Station opened in 1849 – and this poster was produced by British Rail in the 1980s to advertise the station’s ‘Royalty and Railways’ exhibition (later renamed ‘Royalty and Empire’).
The station, which had been taken out of use in the late 1960s, was restored in 1982 – British Rail and Madame Tussauds created this amazing exhibition, based around Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, to celebrate its reopening and promote its royal connections.
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