1952 diary features Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne after her father’s death – Bowie News

A vintage newspaper from 1952 features Queen Elizabeth taking the British crown after her father’s death.

Queen Elizabeth has been an integral part of this world since assuming the throne in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, so her death on September 8, 2022 some 70 years later had a huge impact on the world.
This week, a friend of The Bowie News, Gil Swift, shared a vintage diary from his collection of historical editions, and ironically it features the deaths of King George and the new Queen Elizabeth. News staff love seeing historical newspapers, and we wanted to share that with our readers.
The title of the banner proclaimed “The King is dead”. King George died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 56. His 15-year reign was torn apart by world war and social revolution in the colonial power.
Elizabeth, 25, was in Kenya with her two children and husband Prince Phillip when she heard the news.
The story says that “the man who would not be king”, gave his heart and health to his people, died of an apparent heart attack. He ascended the throne after the abdication of his brother, the Duke of Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth was the first reigning British Queen since Victoria, who died in 1901. She would go on to become the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Most of the 1952 edition is filled with stories of the world’s response, history and photos just like today. The newspapers are once again recording history.

On February 6, 1952, the New York Journal American reports the death of King George VI and the ascension of his daughter Elizabeth to the rank of queen. (Picture Bowie News)

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