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Sadly, 1925 ended with a royal death. Queen Alexandra had come to England as a young bride 62 years previously and had been loved as Princess of Wales, then as consort to King Edward VII and lastly as Queen Mother. She died on November 20th 1925 and on November 28th the ILN published its ‘Queen Alexandra Memorial Number’

(Appendix List No. 88).
This issue illustrates her roles as mother, grandmother and great grandmother; shows scenes at Sandringham where she had spent the last two years of her life in quiet retirement, and highlights the tributes paid to her both by the village folk in and around her Norfolk home and by the House of Commons. Two poignant pictures are those of her coffin in the little church in Sandringham Park and the scene showing the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York, delayed by fog, only reaching Sandringham 20 minutes after their grandmother’s death. A coloured presentation picture of the late Queen by Helleu accompanies this issue.
The cover, in purple, has a large photograph of the Queen in an oval frame surrounded by funeral wreaths, symbols of mourning and armorial insignia.
This issue is number 4519, vol. 167, pages 1037-1116, measuring 38 x 27 cm and priced at two shillings.

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