Mourners gather to show their respects for King George VI

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On 6 February, 1952, King George VI died peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham House.

Flags all over the country flew at half-mast including at Westminster Abbey, where George VI was crowned. BBC television newsreel showed mourners gathering outside Buckingham Palace.

Sir Winston Churchill said, "We cannot at this moment do more than record the spontaneous expression of grief."

George VI was succeeded by his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, who was crowned on 2 June, 1953.

First broadcast on 8 February, 1952.

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