September 19, 2012 | Kathryn

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From:  Reports relating to the royal entertainments of Her Majesty Queen Victoria...on Lord Mayor's Day 1837.  London: Arthur Taylor, 1838.

An exhibit of rare engravings, photographs, souvenirs and games from the library's Special Collections will run from September 22nd to December 2nd, 2012 at the TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library.

Get a close and personal look at the lives of Kings and Queens from the 16th to the 20th centuries.  Lavishly illustrated court festival books document royal state occasions: weddings, coronations, birthdays, royal visits, and funerals.  Glimpse the grand processions of horse and carriage, the fireworks and illuminated town squares, the grand ballrooms and banquet halls.


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Cavalcade of the White Rose, celebrating the birthday of Empress Alexandra of Russia

Potsdam, 1829






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Wedding celebrations for Philip, Infante of Spain, and Louise-Elisabeth of France

 Paris, 1739






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Francois Duke of Anjou and his troops enter the gates of Antwerp after his investiture as Duke of Brabant

Antwerp, 1542






   The close relationship between the British Monarchy and the Canadian people is documented by photographs, souvenirs and games collected and preserved by the library's Special Collections. 



                                       Decorations celebrating the visit by George V to Toronto, 1901

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                                                         Royal Revels card game  ca. 1838


Special Program:   Queen Victoria : Trademark of the Empire

Anyone interested in royal collectibles is welcome to attend a free illustrated talk by Barbara Rusch , founder of the Ephemera Society of Canada.  The program will be held Thursday, November 8th, 6:30 p.m., at the Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library.


For more information call (416) 393-7131