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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in Peel Park, 1851

George Hayes

This is an oil painting of the Royal visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to Peel Park, Salford in October 1851 by artist George Hayes.

The painting documents the royal visit to Salford and Manchester in 1851.  On 10 October the royal party left Worsley Hall where they were staying as guests of the Earl of Ellesmere.  Their procession took them through Salford to Peel Park where they were met by over 80,000 school children who performed the National Anthem. The different school and Sunday schools were grouped under banners which can be seen in the painting.  After the Queen addressed the crowd in the park the royal procession continued into Manchester.

This was the first visit of a monarch to the region for a century and a half. With over 800,000 spectators both Salford and Manchester went to great lengths to host a memorable event.