HL Deb 06 February 1952 vol 174 cc1065-6

It having pleased Almighty God to call to His mercy our late Most Gracious Sovereign Lord King George, of blessed memory, who departed this life this day at Sandringham House,

The House met at half-past two of the clock, pursuant to the Succession to the Crown Act, 1707.


My Lords, it is my grievous duty to inform your Lordships of the death of His Majesty King George VI, which occurred this morning. A meeting of the Accession Council has been summoned for this evening, to proclaim the Accession of the new Sovereign. It will be held at St. James's Palace at 5 p.m. Morning dress will be worn.

I should announce to your Lordships that the Lord Chancellor will sit from 7 to 7.45 this evening and from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. to-morrow, Thursday, to enable Peers to take the Oath of Allegiance to the new Sovereign. The House will then adjourn till next Monday at 2.30 p.m., when an humble Address of Condolence will be moved. After that, there will be a further adjournment. No Public Business will be taken until after the Funeral of His late Majesty.

My Lords, I beg to move that this House do now adjourn until 7 9.m.

Moved—That this House do now adjourn until 7 p.m.—(The Marquess of Salisbury.)

On Question, Motion agreed to, and House adjourned accordingly.

House resumed at seven of the clock.


Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, having met this day at St. James's Palace, and having directed that Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth be proclaimed Queen on Friday next at eleven of the clock, by the Style and Title of Elizabeth the Second,

The Lord Chancellor—Singly, in the first place, took the Oath at the Table.

Several Lords—Took the Oath.