Category King George VI

The King has gone – God Save the King

Wednesday 12th May 1937 saw the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. This was the day that had originally been chosen for the coronation of Edward VIII, before he abdicated. As a result the whole thing appears to have been quite a shambles behind the scenes. All the planned images of ‘King Edward […]

A farewell to a King

It is said that 305,806 people had filed past King George’s coffin while he lay in Westminster Hall.  Now – the morning of Friday 15th February 1952 had, dawned.  At 9.30am in a cloudy and misty the mile-long cortege began its slow journey from Westminster Hall as Big Ben tolled fifty-six times – once for […]

The King’s last night – laying in State in Westminster Hall

The 13th February had moved into the 14th as people came to say farewell to their King. At 2.00 A.M. the last had left. The Daily Mail of Friday 15th February reported that, on the evening of the 14th the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret had stood for some 10 minutes in […]

Queuing to say farewell to the King

For some 20 minutes this evening Queen Mary, the Duke of Windsor, and the Princess Royal stood with bowed heads in the great hall of Westminster near the coffin of the King.  Queen Mary, her white handkerchief held to her face, wept as the ceaseless line of people continued to file down the east side […]

The KING came to the HALL of KINGS; they mourned a Father; a Son and a Husband

  The Daily Mail newspaper of Tuesday 12th February 1952 was a 6 page paper; each page 16 inches wide and 22 inches deep with four & a half paged dedicated to the King’s death – so I have selected a very small extract of its story so I’ll start with the front page headline:  ALL-NIGHT […]

Tributes from England and beyond

The Daily Mail of 11th February has three pieces to the Editor: The first is  ‘A French tribute’ from A. Caffin from the Rue de Chaligny in Paris:   ‘Sir – ‘It is with sad emotion that we French of the 1939-45 war have learned of the death of his Majesty King George.  We cannot forget […]

The King begins his final journey

The front page of the Daily Mail newspaper of Monday 11th February 1952 has as its headline: THE LAST JOURNEY BEGINS TODAY Royal Family Will Attend Private Service at Sandringham First. DUKES WALK BEHIND BIER Forty Stations to Close as Funeral Train Passes The King’s coffin will be brought from Sandringham to London today on […]