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UNTIL MAY 31
The Lqr4 Chamberlain announced la§t night that the court will wear niourning until May 31 for the late King George VI.
v Th.ere''ha^]^^'adjudication Whether there will be ä following period pf hflf TOPiirjnilègV'
^1 important M royalty' will automatically be cancelled dering the mourning period.
Court uiourning will thus Igst just over 16 week? compared with six month» of full, and three months of half mourning fur King George V.
The Lord Chamberlain's an n9uncement read: "The Queen commands tyhat the Court wear mourning until May 31 for his late 'Gracious Majesty King George Sixts of bjessed memory. The Court will go out of (mourn* in?ton June 1. The Queen's wishes on the period of public mourning are nqt yet known "
A report from Washington saya that President ana Mrs Truman mil attend a memorial service for the late King George at Washington Cathedral at 3 pm next Friday. *l-v
Funeral serviced in London are being held that dey
New York's ''liberty bell" which rang in 177ff for the sign- ing'of the Declaration of Inde- pendence and had tolled the death of most of the Presidents'of the United States, would ring 56
'times at noon on Friday in hon- our of King George, it was an- nounced last night.
More than 1,000 villagers made a pilgrimage to the tiny church of St. Mary Magdalene at Sand- ringham yesterday to file past the coffin containing the body of their late King.
They were* mostly country folk,
too numble to afford more than an armband as a sign of their mourning.
At dusk yesterday, four game- keepers took up the first evening watch over the coffin which stood
before the gleaming silver altar.
On' the coffin were three wreaths bearing cards from the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
The Queen's card, in her own clear handwriting, said, '"Darling Papa, from loving and de
voted daughter and son-in-law, Lilibet and Philip."
Lilibet (s the pet name by which her father knew her affec- tionately from earliest childhood.
The Queen Mother's card on a wreath of white flowers said, "Darling Bertie from his always loving Elizabeth."
Princess Margaret's card car- ried the words, "Darling Papa, from his ever-loving Margaret."
The tiny church was closed to- day and the last vigil of em- ployees on the King's estate will end two hours before the coffin leaves for London to-morrow.
The oak coffin which was hand carved by estate employees who knew their King as "squire," will
leave the church in a horse
drawn, army gun carriage and be driven in procession to the near- by station.
Preparations For Lying-in-State
The Dukes of Gloucester and Edinburgh will wallç behind the carriage, while the Queen,' the Queen Mother and Princess Mar- garet will follow by car. "
They will all Join the train and travel to King's Cross "station, London, where the train will be mat by a guard.Qf-boaoMVOf ' the three armed-'servrces.
The coffin will tie placed on an- other gun carriage drawn by a vvtiite plumed regiment of the Royal Hoise Artillery and escort- ed by the King's Company of the
Again, the Dukes of Gloucester and Edinburgh will walk behind the coffin on its three-mile jour- ney to, Westminster where the body will lie in State until the funeral on February 15.
The Queen, the Queen Mother,
and .Princess- Margaret will not take port In the procession. They will leave the station by a pri vatel route for Buckingham Pal- ace, where they will await a telephone' call telling them the procession- ' is nearing Westmin- ster.- ^ r
s^They will ^Jien, leave the. Pal-
ace to be at' the Hall when- the coffin arrives and is placed on the purple-drapeä catafalque. '
After a 15-mlnute service, the Queen and the Royal Family will leave the hall. The coffin will then be guarded by officers of the rung's Household Troops, mem- bers of the King's Bodyguard and lung's Gentlemcn-at-Arms.
, The public will bjp admitted to file past" the coffin for 14 hours* daily on February 12, 13 and 14.
Queen Mary, who is 84, will
participate in the ' lying-in-state ceremony on the afternoon of February 11. i
The Queen's children, her in- fant daughter Anne and Prince Charles, played happily in the nursery at' Sandringham yester- day with toys brought back from Kenya while their mother signed 8tate;.papei»_ and, approved ar- rangements for the1 King's fu-
The mourning atmosphere has puzzled Charles, but failed to suppress his high spirits
He has often asked "Where's
grandpa," and has been told, "he has gone to sleep"
When his mother arrived at Sandringham, he asked the same question.
'The Queen sat Charles on her knee and told him, "Grandpa hac gone ,to God and Is very happy."
Kings And Queens To Attend Funeral
Five Kings, tne Queen of Hol- land and Ihe »representatives of four other. Kings will attend the late King's funeral in London on February 15, <
The Shah,of Persia is expect- ed to send a. special envoy and the King of Egypt will be repre- sented by Prince" Abdal Monofm.
The Tieasutffr, Sir Arthur Fadden, and Ue High Commis- sioner in London, Sir Thomas White, will represent Australia while New Zealand will ibe rep- resented by^iti' Prime Minister, Mr. Holland '
The Roya} visitors will include 80-yearsroldr Klmf Haalton of Norway, the King's uncle, and the oldest £nd tallest monarch in Europe. -1 ,
He will., be accompanied by Crown Prince CH>v, King Gustaf Adolf and Queen Louise of Swe- den, King Frederick and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, King Paul of the Hellenes (cousin of the Dulce of Edinburgh) and Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of Holland. * ,
Prince Albert will, represent his brother,- Baudouin,1 King of theNBelgiana.' *
' Sixtejfcn-yéawoïd King Feisal, who 4s at Hftijrow School, will represent Iraft and Prince (Feisal, son and,? Foreign Minister of King Don.Saud," will attend for Saudi Arabia.
Crown Prince, Hussein, son of King Talal, will represent Jor-
General Eisenhower will repre- sent S.H.A3>.E. at, the King's funeral,, whieff, the'B.B.C. 'sadd yesterday woulfl be televised.