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From the archives: Britain’s new Queen

To mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne in
1952, here is the leader that appeared sixty years ago on our front cover. It was written under the editorship of Wilson Harris, who had been in the position nearly 20 years.

Queen and Nation, 15 February 1952

The slow days are dragging their sad length along to the climax, when the mortal remains of King George VI will be laid, where so many of his forbears have preceded him, in the historic St. George’s

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