Category Queen Elizabeth II

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 […]

Now we can all visit Buckingham Palace

It was on Thursday 29th April 1993 that Elizabeth, Queen of England, announced that Buckingham Palace would open its doors that summer and that the public en-mass would be allowed inside for an entrance fee of £8 per person. However, much of the Palace – including the Queen’s private apartments – would remain closed and […]

The Sunday after

The Sunday papers all told of the story – this one is from the Sunday Express – it says: ‘Sometimes a baby’s cry broke the stillness’: Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers, Princes and Chancellors from 111 nations joined a countless throng of humble people yesterday in the final massive act of homage to […]