THE LONDON SOCIAL CALENDAR IN 1897
London's Social Season was fluid, depending on weather and hunting. The season typically coincided with the opening of Parliament, when its members would file into London from their country homes. Social events, however, weren't in full swing until Easter, when people started to filter in from their country estates. In 1897, the year of Queen Victoria's Jubilee, the annual exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art was considered "official" opening of the season.
3rd The 54th Annual University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge
7th The Physician at the Criterion Theatre, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Christian
The Duke of York presides over a meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society of England
10th International Football Match at Crystal Palace, England v. Scotland
29th Second Sandown Park Spring Meeting
All Season: Church Parades in Hyde Park
3rd Opening day of the 129th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts
10th Royal Opera season, Covent Garden, opens with Faust
12th First meeting of the Wheel Club at Magazine, Hyde Park, 11:15 a.m.
15th Gymkhana at Hereford House
21st Secret Service
performed at Adelphi Theater, attended by Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Victoria and the Duke of York
22nd Ladies Driving Competition at Ranelagh
27th Lady Mary Hope's Ball
Last two weeks of May, the following notables have arrived in London:
Earl and Countess of Limerick,
Earl and Countess of Harringtion, Lord and Lady Clonbrock, Lord and Lady Amherst of Hackney, Lady Victoria Lambton, Hon. Sir Percy,
"Arrangements." Morning Post, April 22, June 10, and June 28, 1897. Accessed on The British Newspaper Archive.
Sproule, Anna. The Social Calendar. Poole, Dover: Blanford Press, 1978.
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