Video: King George V visits Edinburgh’s botanics during Silver Jubilee year
LONG-FORGOTTEN footage of King George V apparently celebrating his Silver Jubilee in Edinburgh has been discovered in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh archives.
It shows King George V and his wife Mary on a formal visit to the Inverleith botanics in 1935 in what the Garden believes is part of the Monarch’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.
The video shot in 1935 was found on a film reel thought to contain clips taken by plant collectors in the Himalayas.
The pair are seen walking through the Rock Garden and adjoining Heath Garden with Royal botanist Sir William Wright Smith.
Queen Mary was known to be a keen gardener with her and the King apparently making informal visits.
King George V, who was only on the throne for 26 years, died the year after this footage was made.
Queen Victoria visited the Garden in 1842 with George V the first reigning monarch to visit since.
Video credit: BBC Scotland
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