Queen to break royal tradition on anniversary of father King George’s death
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The Queen is poised to break a long-standing royal custom on the ‘painful’ anniversary of her father King George’s death.
The Queen will commemorate the 69th anniversary of her ascension to the throne on February 6. Despite the fact that this is a world record, the queen will not make a fuss about it and will spend the day quietly at Windsor Castle.
King George died at Sandringham House in 1952, when Princess Elizabeth was visiting the Commonwealth with Prince Philip.
The Queen has traditionally extended her winter stay in Sandringham to honor the anniversary of his death there, according to the Mirror Online.
This year, however, the monarch will defy convention and commemorate the sorrowful event quietly at Windsor Castle, where she is self-isolating due to coronavirus.
Her cancelled journey to Sandringham means she won’t be present to pay homage to her father for the first time in decades.
The Queen is said to leave Christmas lights and decorations up until February 6 as one of the ways she honors King George VI’s memory.
“Accession day is the day where the Queen sadly lost her beloved father King George VI, and she normally marks it quietly at Sandringham,” royal expert Ms Rebecca English stated on MailPlus.
Obviously, she will be at Windsor this year with the Duke of Edinburgh due to the lockdown.
“But clearly it will be nonetheless poignant to her.
“That’s really why she has never massively in favour of celebrating her own longevity on the throne because to achieve that someone very close to her died.
“It’s a very poignant day for her.”
The country will join together next year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with public events such as parades and pageantry.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden stated in November that Britons would get a four-day bank holiday from June 2 to 5 to commemorate the momentous occasion.
The Queen said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace in November that the series of activities scheduled will allow her to “express her thanks” to the country.
On September 9, 2015, the Queen surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign as the longest-serving British monarch.
The Queen was only 25 years old when her father, died instantly making her the new Queen.
Not only did the young princess have to come to terms with the loss of her father, but she also had to accept the reality that she was now the queen, which would drastically alter her life.
In a letter to her private secretary after King George VI’s death, the monarch revealed a rare glimpse into her inner thoughts and feelings.
Pamela Mountbatten, Elizabeth’s lady-in-waiting, recalls her employer being “completely calm” on the tragic day of February 6, 1952.
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