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The King and Queen stand amid the bomb damage at Buckingham Palace during WWII. The Palace was a deliberate target for the Luftwaffe as their High Command felt that the destruction of the Royal Palace would demoralize the nation. But it had the opposite effect and the Queen was famously to utter "I'm glad we have been bombed. Now I can look the East End in the face."

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting bomb damaged streets in the East End of London on the 18th of October 1940.

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London, England, 1940, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) inspect the damage to a cinema building in Baker Street after it was destroyed by Nazi bombing in an air raid over the capital (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

‘Three days dead, King George VI rested in the little church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate, in a plain coffin made for him overnight, out of an old oak in the park, by the carpenters of the royal estate. On Feb 11 the King’s coffin was to be taken to London, there to lie in Westminster Hall until the funeral on Feb 15th 1952. Among the wreaths was the one at the foot of the coffin reading 'To Darling Papa from Elizabeth and Phillip’

Two days after the funeral, on 4th February 1901, Queen Victoria was taken to Frogmore Mausoleum to rest beside her husband Prince Albert. In this picture the cortège is on its way from The Albert Memorial Chapel through the Upper Ward of Windsor Castle, drawn by the Royal Horse Artillery.