SCENES AT BALMORAL

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Title: SCENES AT BALMORAL

Reference number: 0448

Date: 1896

Director: filmed by Mr. Downie

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 1.07 mins

Description: Scenes of Queen Victoria at Balmoral with guests and attendants including the Tzar and Tzarina of Russia, Princess Beatrice and Ena, and HRH Field Marshall Arthur, Duke of Connaught.

Please note this digitised viewing copy available to view online at the National Library of Scotland is a restored version made from copies of prints preserved by the BFI National Archive and Movietone News.

The first film to include members of the Royal Family was made by William Edward Downey of the W. & D. Downey photographic studio on 3 October 1896. The film was produced 3 October 1896 at Balmoral. The film features Queen Victoria, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught , several Royal children, a servant possibly Ahmed Hussain and Turi (Queen Victoria’s Pomeranian). The complete film was shown to Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on 23 November 1896.

The camera used was constructed by T.J. Harrison of the Downey firm.

On 3 October 1896 the Queen described in her journal how ‘we were all photographed … by the new cinematograph process, which makes moving pictures by winding off a reel of films. We were walking up and down & the children jumping about.’

Shotlist: No credits. Queen Victoria in small pony-drawn carriage in the grounds of Balmoral Castle with various guests and attendants. Also appearing are the Tzar and Tzarina of Russia, Princesses Beatrice and Ena and the Duke of Connaught (.44)