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Wed Feb 6, 2019, 06:39 AM

67(!) Years Ago Today; The King Is Dead. Long Live The Queen



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_VI#Illness_and_death

Illness and death
The stress of the war had taken its toll on the King's health, made worse by his heavy smoking and subsequent development of lung cancer among other ailments, including arteriosclerosis and Buerger's disease. A planned tour of Australia and New Zealand was postponed after the King suffered an arterial blockage in his right leg, which threatened the loss of the leg and was treated with a right lumbar sympathectomy in March 1949.

His elder daughter Elizabeth, the heir presumptive, took on more royal duties as her father's health deteriorated. The delayed tour was re-organised, with Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, taking the place of the King and Queen. The King was well enough to open the Festival of Britain in May 1951, but on 23 September 1951, his left lung was removed by Clement Price Thomas after a malignant tumour was found.[99] In October 1951, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh went on a month-long tour of Canada; the trip had been delayed for a week due to the King's illness. At the State Opening of Parliament in November, the King's speech from the throne was read for him by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Simonds. His Christmas broadcast of 1951 was recorded in sections, and then edited together.

On 31 January 1952, despite advice from those close to him, the King went to London Airport to see off Princess Elizabeth, who was going on her tour of Australia via Kenya. On the morning of 6 February at 07:30 GMT, George VI was found dead in bed at Sandringham House in Norfolk. He had died from a coronary thrombosis in his sleep at the age of 56. His daughter flew back to Britain from Kenya as Queen Elizabeth II.

From 9 February for two days his coffin rested in St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, before lying in state at Westminster Hall from 11 February. His funeral took place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on the 15th. He was interred initially in the Royal Vault until he was transferred to the King George VI Memorial Chapel inside St. George's on 26 March 1969. In 2002, fifty years after his death, the remains of his widow, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and the ashes of his younger daughter Princess Margaret, who both died that year, were interred in the chapel alongside him.




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II#Accession_and_coronation

Accession and coronation
During 1951, George VI's health declined, and Elizabeth frequently stood in for him at public events. When she toured Canada and visited President Harry S. Truman in Washington, D.C., in October 1951, her private secretary, Martin Charteris, carried a draft accession declaration in case the King died while she was on tour. In early 1952, Elizabeth and Philip set out for a tour of Australia and New Zealand by way of Kenya. On 6 February 1952, they had just returned to their Kenyan home, Sagana Lodge, after a night spent at Treetops Hotel, when word arrived of the death of the King and consequently Elizabeth's immediate accession to the throne. Philip broke the news to the new queen. Martin Charteris asked her to choose a regnal name; she chose to remain Elizabeth, "of course". She was proclaimed queen throughout her realms and the royal party hastily returned to the United Kingdom. She and the Duke of Edinburgh moved into Buckingham Palace.

With Elizabeth's accession, it seemed probable the royal house would bear her husband's name, becoming the House of Mountbatten, in line with the custom of a wife taking her husband's surname on marriage. The British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and Elizabeth's grandmother, Queen Mary, favoured the retention of the House of Windsor, and so on 9 April 1952 Elizabeth issued a declaration that Windsor would continue to be the name of the royal house. The Duke complained, "I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children." In 1960, after the death of Queen Mary in 1953 and the resignation of Churchill in 1955, the surname Mountbatten-Windsor was adopted for Philip and Elizabeth's male-line descendants who do not carry royal titles.

Amid preparations for the coronation, Princess Margaret told her sister she wished to marry Peter Townsend, a divorcé‚ 16 years Margaret's senior, with two sons from his previous marriage. The Queen asked them to wait for a year; in the words of Martin Charteris, "the Queen was naturally sympathetic towards the Princess, but I think she thought—she hoped—given time, the affair would peter out." Senior politicians were against the match and the Church of England did not permit remarriage after divorce. If Margaret had contracted a civil marriage, she would have been expected to renounce her right of succession. Eventually, she decided to abandon her plans with Townsend. In 1960, she married Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was created Earl of Snowdon the following year. They divorced in 1978; she did not remarry.

Despite the death of Queen Mary on 24 March, the coronation on 2 June 1953 went ahead as planned, as Mary had asked before she died. The ceremony in Westminster Abbey, with the exception of the anointing and communion, was televised for the first time. Elizabeth's coronation gown was embroidered on her instructions with the floral emblems of Commonwealth countries: English Tudor rose; Scots thistle; Welsh leek; Irish shamrock; Australian wattle; Canadian maple leaf; New Zealand silver fern; South African protea; lotus flowers for India and Ceylon; and Pakistan's wheat, cotton, and jute.

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Longest reigning monarch in history, I believe. Long Live Queen Elizabeth II!

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Reply 67(!) Years Ago Today; The King Is Dead. Long Live The Queen (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Feb 6 OP
rampartc Feb 6 #1
Dead_Parrot Feb 6 #3
rampartc Feb 6 #4
Dead_Parrot Feb 6 #5
Clash City Rocker Feb 6 #7
volstork Feb 6 #10
Dead_Parrot Feb 6 #13
volstork Feb 6 #14
BumRushDaShow Feb 6 #8
Dead_Parrot Feb 6 #15
BumRushDaShow Feb 6 #16
Dead_Parrot Feb 6 #2
marybourg Feb 6 #6
Princess Turandot Feb 6 #9
patricia92243 Feb 6 #12
Rhiannon12866 Feb 8 #17
Javaman Feb 6 #11
JustABozoOnThisBus Feb 8 #18

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 06:53 AM

1. born in 1952

my entire life has taken place in this glorious elizebethan era. sadly, her majesty's time, and mine, will soon be over.

what must follow, the dark age of trump, i will be happily spared.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 07:06 AM

3. dude...

...we go from "ultimate diplomat" to "ultimate tree hugger" (on behalf of E/E, that's not so bad) or "suicidal warrior"

Compare any of them to Dump. We're good.

I hope you can stick around mate. There will be a party.

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Response to Dead_Parrot (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 07:12 AM

4. thank you parrot

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Response to rampartc (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 07:22 AM

5. Please, call me Dead.

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Response to Dead_Parrot (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 07:30 AM

7. Oh, I thought you were just pining for the fjords

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Response to Clash City Rocker (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 08:24 AM

10. If you hadn't nailed him to the perch,

he'd be pushing up the daisies.

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Response to volstork (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 10:57 AM

13. Well...

...of course I wasn't nailed there - If I hadn't been nailed down, I'd would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent 'em apart with my beak, and VOOM!

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Response to Dead_Parrot (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 11:37 AM

14. LOL!

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Response to rampartc (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 07:44 AM

8. "sadly, her majesty's time, and mine, will soon be over."

The Queen Mum lived to 101 So you never know!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 12:08 PM

15. Proof, if any was needed...

...that the queen is a vampire.

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Response to Dead_Parrot (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 12:28 PM

16. ....



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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 06:59 AM

2. Papua New Guinea's "Mama belong big family"...

...Is a cool old lady.

She's also the Queen of Niue.

(also Britain and Canada and stuff).

The Crown of my country is in good hands but bugger me, we're getting pissed when that changes.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 07:24 AM

6. I listened to the Coronation on the radio.

It was broadcast "live", which was a big thing. Maybe a first? Too long ago to remember.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 07:47 AM

9. In May 2011, Pete Souza took a terrific photo of QE2

She and the duke were leaving a dinner hosted by the Obamas at the US ambassador's house in London. (The evening before, she had hosted the formal state dinner for them.)



Elizabeth first met the Obamas at the London G20 meeting in 2009. Later that year, when Michelle and the girls were in London on a private visit, she arranged for them to have a private tour of Buckingham Palace. While she was at it, she even had a horse drawn royal carriage brought out just for Malia and Sasha, so they could ride around the palace grounds.

You might recall crazed rightwingers bemoaning the Obamas' so-called 'protocol lapses' with the queen. That must be why she looks so displeased in the photo! Oh. Wait.

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Response to Princess Turandot (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 08:45 AM

12. Do I remember correctly that she didn't do anything for Trump when he was there???

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Response to patricia92243 (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 03:34 AM

17. He not only kept her waiting for their meeting, but he breached protocol by walking in front of her:

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 08:42 AM

11. ...

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:45 AM

18. Not a bad promotion for a WWII Army truck mechanic and driver


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