Ultra-rare footage of Queen Victoria – showing the 19th century monarch on a trip to Ireland – was discovered at a New York museum after being discarded for decades in an archive .
The film was discovered by British Film Institute curator Bryony Dixon at the New York Museum of Modern Art, who said she was “stunned” by what she saw. It shows Queen V being greeted by dignitaries on a trip to Ireland in 1900 just one year before she died, in what is believed to be the last time she was caught on camera.
The Queen is seen sporting sunglasses, and smiling (!!!) as she is handed a huge basket of flowers by two girls, who curtsy as they approach her.
via The Daily Mail:
Ms Dixon said: ‘I nearly fell off my chair because I’d never seen Victoria in close-up before.
‘It is completely unique because you can see the Queen’s face for the first time properly since 1900, since this was shown.. …you can see her expressions, you can see her in movement, rather than just as a stiff portrait or a still photograph.’
She added it the footage ‘humanises’ the monarch because it shows her smiling instead of the stoic expression she often displayed in official portraits throughout her 63-year reign.
Ms Dixon said: ‘It’s very rare to see her smiling. She doesn’t in any of her portraits, so it humanises her, I think, for the first time.’
Also, those shades are VERY Gigi Hadid. VERY 2019. Fashionistas everywhere are swooning.
Watch at the 2:00 mark.