The following week, February 1st 1936,
saw the publication of the ‘Record of the Lying-in-State
and Funeral of His Late Majesty King George V’
(Appendix List No. 109).
The body of the late King rested for 36 hours before the altar in Sandringham
church where men of the royal estates kept continuous vigil beside it.
On January 23rd, the coffin was taken to London where the body lay in
state for four days in Westminster Hall. A million people filed past the
catafalque to pay their last tribute. Windsor was the scene of the final
obsequies. The crowds in the streets were so dense that the cortege was
two hours late at St. George’s Chapel, where the body of the Sovereign
was laid to rest on January 28th. As well as depicting these scenes, the
magazine pays homage to the new King and there is full coverage of his
Proclamation in Edinburgh, Cardiff and English cities and towns. A double-page
plate in colour shows King Edward VIII in his Garter Robes.
The cover of this issue shows the catafalque hung with purple velvet
with the Imperial Crown placed on top of it. A Gentleman at Arms and a
Yeoman of the
Guard keep silent watch with reversed symbols of office.
This is issue no. 5050, vol. 188, pages 153-224, measuring 37 x 26 cm
and priced at half a crown.
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