Vivat Regina, Vivat Regina Elizabetha!

 

Three Queens in Mourning: Their Majesties Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Queen Mary the Queen Dowager after the funeral of HM King George VI.

Today is the fifty-ninth anniversary of the Accession of Our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth II. Today it was that the sad news was published everywhere that

 

THE KING IS DEAD

In the words of Pathé

And so it was that on the sixth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-two that Our late Most Gracious Sovereign King George the Sixth died and our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second was proclaimed Queen.

Upon the intimation that our late Most Gracious Sovereign King George the Sixth had died in his sleep at Sandringham in the early hours of this morning the Lords of the Privy Council assembled this day at St. James’s Palace, and gave orders for proclaiming Her present Majesty.

WHEREAS it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy our late Sovereign Lord King George the Sixth of Blessed and Glorious memory, by whose Decease the Crown is solely and rightfully come to the High and Mighty Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary:

WE, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm, being here assisted with these His late Majesty’s Privy Council, with representatives of other Members of the Commonwealth, with other Principal Gentlemen of Quality, with the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of London, do now hereby with one voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart publish and proclaim that the High and Mighty Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is now, by the death of our late Sovereign of happy memory, become Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of all Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom Her lieges do acknowledge all Faith and constant Obedience with hearty and humble Affection, beseeching God by whom Kings and Queens do reign, to bless the Royal Princess Elizabeth the Second with long and happy Years to reign over us.

Given at St. James’s Palace this Sixth Day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-two.

One thought on “Vivat Regina, Vivat Regina Elizabetha!

  1. Ah yes – the period when there were two Queens Dowager – the Queen Mother was no less a Queen Dowager than her mother-in-law. A Queen Mother is a Queen Dowager who happens to be the mother of the reigning monarch – but Queen Mary never used that title, being simply known as Queen Mary.

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