Queen Victoria, Visit to Birmingham, Inauguration of Aston Hall
Queen Victoria arrived by rail just after 12pm, and was escorted to a reception at the Town Hall, where the mayor presented a loyal address to her. After a second address to Prince Albert and his response, the Queen knighted the mayor. Sir John Ratcliff then escorted her to Aston Hall.
The Queen recognised"with pleasure the labour you have undertaken in providing thus worthily for the physical and intellectual improvement of the working classes, and I sincerely hope that this Hall and Park will prove a boon and a comfort to the people of Birmingham". After more presentations, Queen Victoria passed from the grand gallery to the balcony. She was received with the most deafening of cheers by the assembled thousands and then pronounced the park open.
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