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Becoming Queen: Your memories of the accession

  • 19 January 2012
  • From the section UK
Queen Elizabeth II returns to the UK following her accession to the throne
Queen Elizabeth II lands on British soil for the first time following her accession to the throne and is met by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill

On Wednesday, 6 February 1952, King George VI died following an illness.

His eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, received the news of her father's death and her accession to the throne while staying in a remote part of Kenya.

Do you, or a member of your family, remember the day the King died and his daughter succeeded to the throne?

How did you hear of the death of King George VI? What did you know of Princess Elizabeth?

What was the mood in the nation and across the Commonwealth?

Did people feel the succession would affect or change the monarchy? If so, in what way?

Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya when she heard of her father's death. Were you in Kenya on that day? What do you recall of the atmosphere and reaction in the country?

As part of its Diamond Jubilee coverage BBC News would like to hear your special memories of the day Elizabeth II became Queen. If you would like to share your memories of the 6th February 1952 send them to us using the form below.

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