Queen Victoria born 200 years ago today, celebrated with Chesterville tea

From left, Louise Kelly, Lloyd and Doris Steven, and Margaret Johnson. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — The 200th anniversary of her birth falls today, but the Chesterville Historical Society followed Canadian protocol by observing the late Queen Victoria’s birthday on the weekend prior to May 24.

In keeping with annual tradition, the group put on a tea last Saturday worthy of Canada’s former long-reigning Soverign at the Chesterville Heritage Centre — appropriately located on Victoria Street.

The Victoria Day weekend shindig drew a good crowd who enjoyed traditional British dainties and orange picot tea. Some of the women in attendance dressed for the period as well. Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 until she died in 1901; the Victorian era included the formation of Canada in 1867 at Confederation.

 

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