Kings and Queens (well, one of each)
Byron Hynes (bph@GOV.NT.CA)
Tue, 6 Sep 1994 17:00:10 MDT
To recap the last couple of weeks of discussions:
- Someone accidently referred to "Queen's Scout" as being the original
- Someone else pointed out that when B-P was arround, it was "King's Scout"
- Much discussion ensued about when the change occured, including what
happened between the death of the King and coronation of the Queen.
After tapping several sources, I have found out:
1. King George VI died on 06-Feb-52
2. Queen Elizabeth II "ascended" that same day and, therefore
began her reign on 06-Feb-52
3. The formal coronation, (the first televised), was held
I suspect the "delay" was partly to arrange the logistics of an event which
"was attended by representatives of the peers, the Commons, and all the
great public interests in Britain, the Prime Ministers and leading Citizens
of the other Commonwealth countries and representatives of foreign states."
I guess if you're the Prime Minister, you just can't "beg off" the coronation.
The above quote was from the official biography of Her Majesty, which is found
on pages 79-82 of the Press Guide given to members of the Media during Her
recent visit to Canada (including Yellowknife), in August. It goes on to say:
"In 1952, when King George VI's illness made it inadvisable for him to carry
out his projected visit ot Australia and New Zealand, The Princess [Elizabeth]
accompanied by the Duke [Now Prince Philip], took his place, and it was in
the first stage of this journey, in Kenya, that received the news of her
father's death and her own ascention to the throne."
"Her Majesty's coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 02-Jun-53."
Microsoft Bookshelf describes it thus:
"Britain s George VI dies of lung cancer February 6 at age 56
after a reign of more than 15 years (the king was a heavy
smoker). His elder daughter, 25, flies home from a visit to
East Africa and ascends the throne as Elizabeth II to begin
a long reign in which the British Empire will decline from
40 nations to no more than 12 with the British monarch having
an effective voice in only one. "
My favorite bit of Royal trivia found in this excercise was a quote
from the Queen's Mother [also Elizabeth]: "I m glad we ve been bombed.
It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face."
Elizabeth The Queen Mother (b. 1900), Wife of King George VI
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Said after the bombing
of Buckingham Palace in September 1940. Quoted in: John Wheeler-Bennett,
King George VI, pt. 3, ch. 6 (1958). The East End -- predominantly
working-class -- bore the brunt of the bombing during the blitz
on London in World War II.
If anyone still wants more, I can send the whole Biography by email.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City