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With great ceremony, Queen Victoria opens the new session of the British Parliament in London.

Queen Victoria opening the British Parliament in London, February 5, 1867, 1866, artist's impression.
02/05/1867

With the usual great ceremony, Queen Victoria personally opened the new British Parliament.  In the Queen's Speech, read on her behalf by the Lord Chancellor, the intentions of the Conservative administration of Lord Derby to tackle the problem of parliamentary franchise reform in the upcoming session were made clear.  This did indeed result in the Reform Bill of 1867 that newly enfranchised hundreds of thousands of male Britons.  (By John Osborne)

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"Chronicle of Remarkable Occurences in 1867", The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1867 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1868), 15-17.
"The Queen's Speech," North Wales (Bangor) Chronicle, February 9, 1867, p. 5.
 

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