Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee was celebrated on 20 and 21 June 1887.  The Queen celebrated with a big banquet at Buckingham Palace in the evening.  Fifty foreign kings and princes attended, along with the governing heads of Britain's overseas colonies and dominions.  She wrote in her diary of the event: 'Had a large family dinner.  The King of Denmark took me in, and Willy of Greece sat on my other side. The Princes were all in uniform, and the Princesses were all beautifully dressed.  Afterwards we went into the Ballroom, where my band played.'  The rest of the country also held celebrations and lit beacon bonfires, including this enormous one at Valence estate near Westerham in Kent.  My latest research is on a Victorian estate cottage at Valence - for me an unusual and fascinating diversion from London properties.