Page 480. " The Queen was dead, and the air of the greatest city upon earth grey with unshed tears. "

Queen Victoria's funeral in 1901 took place as the age of cinema was dawning, and there are several sequences of iconic film footage. British Pathé have some of the most familiar images in their archive

The horses pulling the gun carriage bearing the coffin almost bolted and had to be replaced by sailors, who hauled the dead Queen through the streets of Windsor. That story is told on today's Royal website.