Monday, 6 February 2012

The King is Dead: Long Live the Queen

Today is the 60th anniversary of Accession Day. On February 6th 1952, a young Princess aged 25 learnt whilst in Kenya, that her father had passed away in his sleep. Her father was King George VI and she would now become Queen Elizabeth II.

A year ago I wrote here about my interest in the Royal Family and of her many accomplishments amassed during the past 59 years. She is now, as I also blogged here back in May, the second-longest reigning monarch after her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.

Here is an account of those days of accession.

For those who wish to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, that opportunity will come in June. Today is not a day of celebration. It is a day of recollection and of quiet reflection for the passing of a King, a husband and for a father.

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