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Suffragette throws ball at Queen
King George and Queen Mary in their first natural colour photograph Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 13 June 1914

Suffragette throws ball at Queen

Edinburgh, 19 July 1914 - A small rubber ball was thrown at the Queen while travelling in the Royal carriage in Edinburgh today. She was travelling to a morning service with King George and their daughter Princess Mary in St Gile’s Cathedral, Edinburgh when the incident took place.

When their majesties had almost reached the cathedral a young woman, breaking through the crowd and the line of police, threw a small rubber ball into the carriage. Attached to the ball was a message to protest against forcible feeding, the ball landed on the Queen’s lap and she brushed it aside.

The woman, who is thought to be apart of the suffragette movement was taken to the police station and detained.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.