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
This issue is number 4519, vol. 167, pages 1037-1116, measuring 38 x
27 cm and priced at two shillings.
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