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The Queen Mother at the funeral of King George VI
Sorrow
When peace returned the House of Windsor was stable and respected - a far cry from the scandal of Edward and Mrs Simpson that had afflicted the Royal family just a decade before. But tragedy soon struck. The King, who had often suffered from ill-health, died suddenly of cancer in February 1952. The young Princess Elizabeth became the new Queen - her coronation took place the following year.
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