The last ever film footage of Queen Victoria discovered as BFI finds 1900 image of smiling monarch in MoMA archives 


She is known for not being amused, but a rare video of Queen Victoria smiling, thought to be the last ever footage of the monarch, has been discovered by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The incredibly crisp and clear film shows a close-up of the Queen wearing sunglasses as she visited Ireland in 1900, just before she died in 1901.

The grinning monarch seemed to be sheltering from the sun, sporting sunglasses and carrying a parasol.

She can be seen smiling as she is given flowers from two curtsying girls as the crowds flocked to see her ride past in her carriage.

Bryony Dixon, curator of the British Film Institute, said it was a fitting last clip of Queen Victoria, who had been at the forefront of technical changes during her rule.

She added: “I nearly fell off my chair because I’d never seen Victoria in close-up before.

“It is completely unique because you can see the Queen’s face for the first time properly since 1900, since this was shown.. …you can see her expressions, you can see her in movement, rather than just as a stiff portrait or a still photograph.


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