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These are two rare pieces of footage of Queen Victoria. She is starting a long tradition of using new media to be more accessible to the public, particularly important at a time when there was a rising republican sentiment in the country. The first sequence shows her in a carriage at Balmoral in 1896, surrounded by her grandson, later George V, and various other courtiers, including Indian dignitaries or perhaps household staff. There is a partial glimpse of a Highlander leading the horse of the carriage - perhaps John Brown, the 'favorite' of her later years? The second shows the queen riding down Pall Mall in a carriage with perhaps the later Queen Mary and Kings George V during her Jubilee Celebrations of 1897.