Category Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation

I’m sure many millions of people across the world will know – but just in case …. 65 years ago on Tuesday 2nd June 1953 the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as sovereign of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey.  […]

A great man retires

It was on this day – Tuesday 5th April 1955 – that Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying that: ‘The Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill had an audience with the Queen and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.  Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.’ The BBC reported that: […]

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 […]

The Friendly King and the new Queen

Described as ‘Reveille for the Weekend’ for February 8, 9, 10, 1952’ and claiming to be ‘Britain’s all-family Weekly Newspaper’ we have a slightly different stance of the events.  On the front page we have: The Friendly King: ‘Reveille’ joins in the universal grief felt at the death of King George VI.  The nation is […]

The details are falling into place

The Daily Mail of Friday 8th February 1952 reported that the now Queen Elizabeth II returned to Clarence House at 17.10 yesterday, Thursday 7th February, and immediately approved arrangements for the King’s funeral.  Just over two hours later the following was issued by the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk: ‘The Earl Marshal announces that […]

The King is Dead – God Save the Queen.

The Daily Mail newspaper on Thursday 7th February 1952 – as with all British newspapers – reported that King George VI had died peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham House. The official announcement from Sandringham, given at 10.45 GMT, said the King retired in his usual health, but passed away in his sleep and was […]

The death of a great Prime Minister

Three days ago I was telling the story of the 1st World War and the Prime Minister of the time.  Today we tell the story of another World War Prime Minister – Sir Winston Churchill –and his involvement in the first one and his control – and perhaps saving – the second one and his […]