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Digital Subscriptions > History Scotland > July - Aug 2018 > ‘WE ARE ALL ON TIPTOE HERE’ QUEEN VICTORIA’S VISIT TO THE CLYDE


A visit to the Clyde by queen Victoria and prince Albert in the summer of 1847 necessitated precision planning to accommodate the large number of spectators who flocked to the river from the early hours in a variety of boats, writes John Moore
William Clark, The Queen’s visit to the Clyde (1847)

We are all on tiptoe here – so wrote the Glasgow Herald correspondent just prior to the arrival of the monarch on the Clyde in the late summer of 1847. Queen Victoria’s visit to the area was probably the first royal presence in the estuary since the circumnavigation of Scotland by James V to subdue the lords of the Western Isles in 1540 under the guidance of his pilot, Alexander Lyndsay. On that occasion, the king left his fleet at Dumbarton and rode back to Edinburgh.

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History Scotland launches a ground-breaking new series - The Stewart Queens of Scotland, providing a window in the lives of the little-known Stewart queens. Enjoy a range of news, expert articles and commentary, covering centuries of Scottish history and archaeology. Highlights include: * Queen Victoria's trip to the Clyde * New history of art with National Galleries Scotland * The legend of Lovat's Scouts * Discovery of a rare antler t-axe