Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Duke of Kent's coffin is brought back to Windsor

August 28, 1942

The coffin with the Duke of Kent's body was brought back to London today on a Royal Air Force ambulance wagon, reports the New York Times  The ambulance was "driven through the Henry VIII gate at Windsor Castle.

The coffin was covered with the Duke's personal standard.   On top of the flag was a wreath of lilies from the Duchess of Kent and her three children and one from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

The Duke of Kent was killed last Tuesday when his flying boat, en route to Iceland crashed into a Scottish mountain.

This afternoon, the duke's widow, the duchess of Kent was "driven from her home at Coppins, Iver," where she visited the chapel where the coffin lay.  She knelt in prayer at the bier for several minutes.

The body will remain at the chapel until the funeral. All social events at Windsor have been canceled.

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