On February 15, 1952, King George VI was laid to rest
in the vault of his ancestors in St. Georges Chapel, Windsor. While the
Kings coffin had lain in Westminster Hall, some 305,806 people had filed
past to pay their respects. The coffin left Westminster on a gun carriage
with men of the Household Cavalry in ceremonial dress walking in slow
time to Paddington Station where the royal train was waiting. On February
23, 1952, the ILN issued another special number, 'The Lying-in-State
and Funeral of his late Majesty King George VI'
(Appendix List No. 144).
Pages show the coffin of the late King bearing the imperial insignia and
draped with the royal standard; the four-mile long column of mourners
that passed through Westminster Hall for the three days of the Lying-in-State
(February 12, 13 and 14); the royal mourners; the funeral procession through
London s streets; the journey to Windsor; the burial service and the moment
of committal and the floral tributes.
The cover, in mourning purple, shows the coffin draped with the Royal
Standard on the purple draped catafalque standing on a raised dais with
the great candlesticks from the Unknown Warrior’s Tomb in Westminster
Abbey set at the corners. In the foreground at each side are representative
figures of the Gentlemen-at-Arms and the Yeomen of the Guard in Tudor
uniform with their axes and partizans reversed.
This is issue number 5888, vol. 220, pages 293-356, measuring 37 x 26
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