Longest Day at Stonehenge, Wiltshire
People gathering at Stonehenge, Wiltshire on the longest day of the year, on or near 21 June 1912. This photograph shows a daybreak pilgrimage by members of The Universal Bond of the Sons of Men, or Church of the Universal Bond. This was a religious group founded in Britain in the early 20th century by George W MacGregor Reid, promoting socialist revolution, anti-imperialism and sun worship. By 1912 Reid was becoming attracted to Druidism, especially as Stonehenge was at the time regarded as a solar temple. His church began holding rituals there, and this continued until the site was given to the state in 1918. When the growing Stonehenge free festival caused the monument to be closed at midsummer in 1985, the Church faded into obscurity but has maintained a presence at the reopened solstice festivities since 2000.
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Edward VIII Hunting
EDWARD VIII, When Prince of Wales, photographed in India with some of the 'Bag' after a successful day's 'Pig Sticking' (hunting wild boar).
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1907 Imperial Conference - Discussions in Whitehall
The Imperial Conference of 1907 - convened in London on 15th April 1907 as the 'Colonial Conference' , concluding on 14th May 1907. The Chairman of the conference was British Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. The conference decided to cease referring to self-governing British colonies as colonies and conferred upon them dominion status. Participants pictured here are (from left): Sir Joseph Ward (1856-1930) - Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sir Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) - Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836-1908) - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, The Earl of Elgin (1849-1917) - United Kingdom Secretary of State for the Colonies, Alfred Deakin (1856-1919) - Prime Minister of Australia, Sir Leander Starr Jameson, 1st Baronet (1853-1917) - Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, Louis Botha (18621919) - South African politician (who was the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa) and Sir William Lyne (1844-1913) - Australian Minister for Trade and Customs. Date: 1907
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