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It had been little over a week since Princess Elizabeth had said goodbye to her father at London airport when news came that he had died peacefully in his sleep on February 6, 1952. Elizabeth arrived back on the evening of February 8 to be proclaimed Queen.
Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor, the second son of George V and Queen Mary had succeeded to the throne in 1936 when his brother Edward VIII and abdicated. Encumbered with an appalling stutter, a desperate shyness and a habit of smoking about 60 or so cigarettes a day, he nonetheless endeared himself to his people. During the Second World War he had braved the air raids by staying in London and visiting his bombed out subjects in the burning city. In 1947 he had substituted the title of Head of the Commonwealth for that of Emperor of India.
The special number of the ILN, ‘The Death of King George VI’ of February 16, 1952

(Appendix List No. 143)
commemorates the life of the late King and celebrates the Proclamation of the new Queen. A first section shows the coffin resting in the Sandringharn church watched over by Estate workers; the progress of the coffin to its Lying-in-state at Westminster Hail, and the cortege passing through the streets of London lined with silent, grieving crowds. A second section covers the Queen’s homecoming from her landing at London Airport to her arrival at Clarence House. A third section illustrates the childhood, youth and young manhood of the late King, historic events during his reign and his happy home life. A final section depicts the life of the new Queen from childhood and girlhood through her marriage and motherhood, to scenes of her proclamation in England, Scotland and Wales.
The cover of the magazine, in mourning leather-effect purple, shows a black and white photograph of the King in an oval frame surrounded by the supporters and emblems of the royal arms.
This is issue number 5887, vol. 220, pages 237-292, measuring 37 x 26 cm and priced at three shillings and sixpence.

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