Princess Elizabeth | Queen Elizabeth II's journey to the throne
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 06 February 1952
DURATION | 00 minutes 58 seconds
John Snagge reads the formal announcement from Sandringham that King George VI has died peacefully in his sleep. Expressing sympathy for the Queen and the Royal Family on behalf of the BBC, he concludes by informing listeners that the rest of the day's publicised schedule has been cancelled, aside from news bulletins and essential shipping forecasts.
The picture shows Princess Elizabeth returning from Kenya on 7 February. She was proclaimed Queen the following day.
George VI was one of the United Kingdom's most beloved and respected monarchs. Throughout the war, and in particular during the bombardment of the Blitz, the Royal Family was seen to share in the sufferings of ordinary Londoners, especially after the bombing of Buckingham Palace. After his death, the King's body lay in state for three days in Westminster Hall. During this period, about 300,000 people filed past the coffin to pay their respects.
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Newsreel of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
The announcement that Princess Elizabeth has had a son.
Newsreel footage of the young Princess Elizabeth busy with her state duties.
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Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh meet delighted crowds.
A visit to Sark, Jersey and Guernsey by the royal couple.
Newsreel of the first public appearance of Princess Anne.
An enthusiastic welcome in Athens for Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Princess Elizabeth takes the salute for the first time.
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King George VI's final farewell to his eldest daughter.
A report on how Princess Elizabeth was informed of her father's death.
John Snagge announces the death of King George VI.
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