jpg On February 6, 1952, a disbelieving world heard the news that the King George VI had died at Sandringham during the night. He was just 56 years old. When a valet failed to wake the King that morning, the Queen was alerted by Sir Harold Campbell, the equerry-in-charge, and a doctor summoned. A Reuters report later stated: "The Queen went immediately to her husband's bedchamber. Gathering her self-control as she looked down at him she did not weep…She kissed [his] forehead then, straightening up… said, 'We must tell Elizabeth. We must tell…' she hesitated, and then added, 'the Queen'."

The new Queen and her widowed mother attended a private service at Sandringham before escorting the late King's body to Wolferton station where it began its progress to London and then Windsor, where millions gathered to say farewell to the last King-Emperor.
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