Friday, May 12, 2017

Coronation of George VI

Eighty years ago today,  HM King George VI was crowned as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (and other places),  5 and half months after after he succeed to the throne, following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII.

Perhaps there are only four people still alive who attended the Coronation:  HM Queen Elizabeth II (Princess Elizabeth), King Michael of Romania (Crown Prince Michael),  the Countess Mountbatten of Burma (Miss Patricia Mounbatten) and Lady Ursula Manners, daughter of the 5th Duke of Rutland.   Lady Ursula is 99 years old and will celebrate her centenary birthday on November 8, 1918.  She is married to Robert d'Abo.  Their son, John, is married to Tatiana Schoeller, a half-sister of Christopher O'Neill, the husband of Princess Madeleine of Sweden.

Lady Ursula was one of Queen Elizabeth's train bearers at the 1937 Coronation.


J said...

Another living attendee is Lady Ursula d'Abo, daughter of the Duke of Rutland, pictures behind Queen Elizabeth

Bill Durning said...

I have an old magazine that is a special Coronation Edition. Still in pretty good shape.

Marion Banks-Wilkinson said...

It was the Coronation of the last King Emperor,and quite a surprise to hear that title in the funeral of the Queen Mother.

Barbara said...

Lady Ursula is prominent in those photos - she is the "girl with the widow's peak" as she named her memoirs. A book worth reading.