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Death Of King George Vi

Volume 495: debated on Monday 11 February 1952

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Messages Of Condolence

In addition to the messages of condolence which I read to the House on Friday, I have received the following telegrams from other countries expressing sympathy in the loss we have sustained in the death of His late Majesty:

Mr. Speaker, House of Commons, London

I have to inform you that the Grand National Assembly, echoing the sentiments of the Turkish people, profoundly afflicted by the passing away of His Majesty King George VI, has during its sitting of 8th February, 1952, unanimously decided to convey to the British Parliament the sincere part she is taking in the sorrow of our friend and ally the British people. I should be greatly obliged if you would kindly transmit this message to the British Parliament, and accept my profound sympathies.


President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

To the Speaker, House of Commons, London

Deeply moved by the news of the death of His Majesty King George VI, I beg you to accept, and extend to the Members of the House of Commons, the sincere condolences of the National Council of Switzerland.


President of the National Council.

Speaker of the House of Commons, London

Having heard of the grief occasioned by the death of His Majesty King George VI, I express to you and through you to the honourable Members of the House of Commons the sorrow of the assembly over which I have the honour to preside.


President of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina.





To the Speaker of the House of Commons, London

The German Federal Diet sincerely shares in the grief of the British people at the passing away of His Majesty King George VI, and expresses to the House of Commons its heartfelt sympathy.


President of the German Federal Diet, Bonn.

To the Speaker of the House of Commons, London, S.W.

The House of Representatives of Berlin opened today's session, in the presence of the Commandant of the British Sector, with a ceremony in memoriam of His Majesty King George VI. I was instructed by the House to express to you, Mr. Speaker, and the Parliament, our deep and sincere sympathy in the great loss the British people have sustained by the death of His Majesty.


President of the House of Representatives of Berlin.

To the House of Commons, London

The news of the decease of His Majesty King George VI has been a cause of deep grief to the National Assembly of Austria. I ask you to accept the heartfelt sympathy of the Austrian National Diet.


President of the National Diet, Austria.


May I now outline to the House the arrangements for this afternoon? At 20 minutes to four, we shall move in procession from this House to Westminster Hall. On arrival there, I would ask Privy Councillors to take up a position on my right, with the rest of the House on either side of me, to await the arrival of the coffin.

After the service and the departure of the Royal Family, I will turn to the right and proceed towards the North Door, followed by Privy Councillors and other Members. I will then turn and lead the House, walking two abreast, past the coffin. I will return through St. Stephen's Hall to the House of Commons, where the Adjournment will be moved.

Westminster Hall will then be closed and the catafalque prepared for the Lying-in-State, after which, at approximately seven o'clock, it will be possible for Members and their wives to view the Lying-in-State, approaching by way of St. Stephen's Hall.