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Procession Collection

In the vibrant world of processions, a myriad of stories unfold

Background imageProcession Collection: Chaucers Pilgrims by Pauline Baynes

Chaucers Pilgrims by Pauline Baynes
The numerous pilgrims from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, pictured riding in procession

Background imageProcession Collection: Gozzoli, Benozzo di Lese, called Benozzo (1420-1497)

Gozzoli, Benozzo di Lese, called Benozzo (1420-1497). Procession of the Youngest King. 1459-1460. ITALY. Florence. Medici Riccardi Palace. The Magi with Lorenzo the Magnificent and his retinue

Background imageProcession Collection: Dewars advertisement

Dewars advertisement
This advertisement for Dewars " White Label" Scotch whiskey encourages viewers to celebrate the Coronation with " the finest drink in the world"

Background imageProcession Collection: Pearly Kings & Queens

Pearly Kings & Queens
A procession of pearly Kings and Queens, Southwark, London

Background imageProcession Collection: The Druids - Bringing in the Mistletoe, 1890 (oil on canvas)

The Druids - Bringing in the Mistletoe, 1890 (oil on canvas)
GLS219810 The Druids - Bringing in the Mistletoe, 1890 (oil on canvas) by Henry, George (1858-1943) and Hornel, Edward A. (1864-1933); 152.4x152.4 cm; Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow

Background imageProcession Collection: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
General view of the State Procession down the Nave led by H. M. The Queen, flanked by her Maids of Honour after the Coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. 1953

Background imageProcession Collection: MEXICO: 1810 REVOLUTION. The Cry of Dolores, Miguel Hidalgos call to revolt, 16 September 1810

MEXICO: 1810 REVOLUTION. The Cry of Dolores, Miguel Hidalgos call to revolt, 16 September 1810. Detail of the mural by Juan O Gorman, 20th century

Background imageProcession Collection: Burning crosses at the annual bonfire night parade held in Lewes, East Sussex

Burning crosses at the annual bonfire night parade held in Lewes, East Sussex
England, East Sussex, Lewes, The annual bonfire night parade celebrating 17 protestant martyrs killed in the fifteen hundreds

Background imageProcession Collection: Make way for ducklings sculpture by Nancy Schon, Boston Public Garden, Boston

Make way for ducklings sculpture by Nancy Schon, Boston Public Garden, Boston
USA, Massachusetts, Boston, Make way for ducklings sculpture by Nancy Schon, Boston Public Garden

Background imageProcession Collection: Notables assembled in the Abbey annexe at 1937 Coronation

Notables assembled in the Abbey annexe at 1937 Coronation
Ecclesiastics, distinguished officers of state and regalia bearers awaiting the arrival of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the tapestried hall of the temporary annexe of Westminster Abbey

Background imageProcession Collection: Coronation procession at Oxford Circus, 1953

Coronation procession at Oxford Circus, 1953
The colour and pageantry of the Coronation procession - detachments of the Foot Guards marching along Oxford Street into Oxford Circus showing the vast crowds lining the decorated route. Date: 1953

Background imageProcession Collection: Coronation Procession, 1953

Coronation Procession, 1953
Double page spread artists impression of the Coronation procession of Queen Elizabeth II showing the various military and ceremonial representatives of the UK and Commonwealth

Background imageProcession Collection: The Triumph of the Archduchess Isabella (1556-1633) in the Brussels Ommeganck of

The Triumph of the Archduchess Isabella (1556-1633) in the Brussels Ommeganck of
WMA69871 The Triumph of the Archduchess Isabella (1556-1633) in the Brussels Ommeganck of Sunday 31st May 1615 (oil on canvas) (see 75629 for detail) by Alsloot

Background imageProcession Collection: Babylons lion. Lion decorated the Processional Wal (Ishtar

Babylons lion. Lion decorated the Processional Wal (Ishtar Gate). 575 BC. Pergamon Museum. Museum Island. Berlin. Germany

Background imageProcession Collection: Owl and foxes carrying food on a Christmas card

Owl and foxes carrying food on a Christmas card
An owl and three foxes carrying a roast bird, cutlery and holly through the snow on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageProcession Collection: Unemployed coal miners demonstrating at Jarrow, England, in 1936

Unemployed coal miners demonstrating at Jarrow, England, in 1936
ENGLAND: COAL MINERS, 1936. Unemployed coal miners demonstrating at Jarrow, England, in 1936

Background imageProcession Collection: PEACE PIPE CEREMONY, 1718. Chitimacha Native Americans in Louisiana on their way to take part in

PEACE PIPE CEREMONY, 1718. Chitimacha Native Americans in Louisiana on their way to take part in the calumet ceremony upon the conclusion of peace with the French in 1718

Background imageProcession Collection: Coronation 1953, Queen Elizabeth II in golden State coach

Coronation 1953, Queen Elizabeth II in golden State coach
Queen Elizabeth II drives through Trafalgar Square in central London in the golden State coach on the way to Westminster Abbey for her Coronation on 2 June 1953. Date: 1953

Background imageProcession Collection: The Queen reviews the Grenadier Guards

The Queen reviews the Grenadier Guards
At the tercentenary parade of the Grenadier Guards at Windsor, the Queen turns to speak to Colonel Sir Thomas Butler, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment. Date: 1956

Background imageProcession Collection: The Queen arrives in Westminster Abbey (Coronation 1953)

The Queen arrives in Westminster Abbey (Coronation 1953)
Accompanied by the Bishops of Bath and Wells and Durham, Queen Elizabeth II moves up Westminster Abbey, passing the throne. Date: 1953

Background imageProcession Collection: Procession for Christian festival of Rameaux, Axoum (Axum) (Aksum), Tigre region

Procession for Christian festival of Rameaux, Axoum (Axum) (Aksum), Tigre region, Ethiopia, Africa

Background imageProcession Collection: Japan Ghost Procession

Japan Ghost Procession
JAPANESE GHOSTS The Shozenji Temple, Fushimi, near Kyoto, is haunted by Hiyakki Yako - a gathering of a hundred ghosts

Background imageProcession Collection: Carthusian monks process to matins at 2 am

Carthusian monks process to matins at 2 am
Carthusian monks in cowls and habits process to matins at 2 am

Background imageProcession Collection: Saint Bonaventure (San Bonaventura) (1217-1274) receiving the purple cardinalice A high

Saint Bonaventure (San Bonaventura) (1217-1274) receiving the purple cardinalice A high
JLJ4600203 Saint Bonaventure (San Bonaventura) (1217-1274) receiving the purple cardinalice A high official of the Vatican brings the cardinals bar to the monk occupies the menagery activities in

Background imageProcession Collection: Queen Elizabeth Coronation 2nd June 1953. Accompanied by

Queen Elizabeth Coronation 2nd June 1953. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh on her way to Westminster Abbey, the procession passed King Charles Statue

Background imageProcession Collection: Integrity retiring from Office!, 1801

Integrity retiring from Office!, 1801
Integrity retiring from Office!, Pub. 1801 (hand coloured engraving). William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) resigns as Prime Minister in protest at Kings rejection of the bills to unite England

Background imageProcession Collection: NATL2A-00001

NATL2A-00001
Temple ceremony in an Aztec city. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageProcession Collection: Brandenburg gate procession: Berlin royal wedding 1913

Brandenburg gate procession: Berlin royal wedding 1913
King George V and the Kaiser, Queen Mary and the Kaiserin on their arrival, immediately passing through the Brandenburg gate.The occasion of the royal visit was the marriage of Princess VIKTORIA

Background imageProcession Collection: Andrew Carnegie at St Andrews University, Scotland

Andrew Carnegie at St Andrews University, Scotland
The Scottish-born American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, at St Andrews University in Scotland. He served as Rector from 1901 until 1907. He is processing with others in academic robes

Background imageProcession Collection: HENRY II & ELEANOR, 1154. The entry of King Henry II (1133-1189) and his queen

HENRY II & ELEANOR, 1154. The entry of King Henry II (1133-1189) and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122)
HENRY II & ELEANOR, 1154. The entry of King Henry II (1133-1189) and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122?-1204), into the royal city of Winchester, England, 1154

Background imageProcession Collection: ROME: CHURCHES, 1575. Pilgrims visiting churches in Rome. Line engraving, 1575

ROME: CHURCHES, 1575. Pilgrims visiting churches in Rome. Line engraving, 1575

Background imageProcession Collection: Wall paintings on the entrance to Rohet Garh residence

Wall paintings on the entrance to Rohet Garh residence of the rulers of Rohet, now Heritage Hotel, Rajasthan, India Wall paintings on the entrance to Rohet Garh residence of the rulers of Rohet

Background imageProcession Collection: CHINA: POSTER, 1976. Revolutionary Committees are Good. Chinese woodcut poster, 1976

CHINA: POSTER, 1976. Revolutionary Committees are Good. Chinese woodcut poster, 1976

Background imageProcession Collection: Italy / Lucca / Cathedral

Italy / Lucca / Cathedral
Lucca: cathedral of San Martino Lucca, west front, with a procession crossing the piazza during Rogationtide

Background imageProcession Collection: Harbour / Belfast Opening

Harbour / Belfast Opening
Opening of the New Channel, Belfast Harbour - the start of the procession

Background imageProcession Collection: The Lord Mayors Show, City of London, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

The Lord Mayors Show, City of London, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageProcession Collection: Trooping the Colour, Horseguards Parade, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Trooping the Colour, Horseguards Parade, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageProcession Collection: Horse Guards at Trooping the Colour, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Horse Guards at Trooping the Colour, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageProcession Collection: Scipio Africanus - 2

Scipio Africanus - 2
After his successes against the Carthaginians, Publius Cornelius Scipio is awarded a massive triumphal procession; he is henceforth known as Scipio Africanus

Background imageProcession Collection: Procession at the Lourdes shrine, Lourdes, Hautes Pyrenees, France, Europe

Procession at the Lourdes shrine, Lourdes, Hautes Pyrenees, France, Europe

Background imageProcession Collection: Palio, Siena

Palio, Siena, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Background imageProcession Collection: Trooping the Colour, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Trooping the Colour, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageProcession Collection: English grandee of the East India Company riding in an Indian procession, 1825-1830

English grandee of the East India Company riding in an Indian procession, 1825-1830

Background imageProcession Collection: Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Number 1935

Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Number 1935
Front cover of The Illustrated London News conjuring up the pomp and pageantry of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of King George V with a parade of liveried riders

Background imageProcession Collection: Freemason Procession

Freemason Procession
Image of Baphomet carried in a procession at the initiation of a high Scottish rite

Background imageProcession Collection: Triumph of Julius Caesar (chromolitho)

Triumph of Julius Caesar (chromolitho)
2782983 Triumph of Julius Caesar (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Triumph of Julius Caesar. Liebig card, published in late 19th or early 20th century)

Background imageProcession Collection: Greetings postcard, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India

Greetings postcard, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India
Multiview greetings postcard from Mhow, a British Army cantonment (now Dr Ambedkar Nagar), Madhya Pradesh, India. Date: circa 1910

Background imageProcession Collection: Claude Lorrain (1600-1682). View of Delphi with

Claude Lorrain (1600-1682). View of Delphi with Procession. 1650. Classicism. Oil on canvas. ITALY. LAZIO. Rome. Doria Pamphili Gallery



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In the vibrant world of processions, a myriad of stories unfold. From Chaucer's Pilgrims depicted by Pauline Baynes to Benozzo di Lese's captivating brushstrokes, these artistic masterpieces capture the essence of communal journeys. Amidst the grandeur and opulence, we encounter the Pearly Kings & Queens, adorned in their intricate pearl-studded garments, embodying London's rich cultural heritage. Their procession through bustling streets resonates with tradition and unity. But not all they are steeped in celebration; some carry deeper meanings. The burning crosses at Lewes' annual bonfire night parade serve as a reminder of historical events that shaped our society. They ignite conversations about tolerance and understanding. The Coronation Procession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was a momentous occasion that united a nation under one sovereign. As crowds lined the streets with jubilation, her regal carriage symbolized continuity and stability amidst changing times and can also be powerful symbols of revolution and resilience. Juan O Gorman's mural depicting Mexico's 1810 Revolution captures Miguel Hidalgo's call to revolt - an impassioned cry for freedom echoing through generations. From political demonstrations like unemployed coal miners protesting in Jarrow to Nancy Schon's whimsical Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in Boston Public Garden, processions become platforms for diverse voices seeking recognition or expressing joy. Even when integrity retires from office, as seen in James Gillray’s satirical cartoon "Integrity retiring from Office. " from 1801, it becomes part of history’s procession – reminding us that power is transient but principles endure. And within hallowed walls like Westminster Abbey during the 1937 Coronation or onlookers gathered at Dewars advertisement capturing moments frozen in time - processions bring together notable figures who shape our collective narrative. Whether it is celebrating cultural heritage or voicing dissent against injustice they can a testament to the human spirit.