Becoming Queen: Your memories of the accession
- 19 January 2012
- From the section UK
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?