Her Majesty's 85 years of momentous royal farewells

Her Majesty’s 85 years of momentous royal farewells: From her grandfather George V’s funeral when she was nine to her husband Prince Philip’s today, the Queen has cut a dignified figure over the decades

  • The Queen attended the funeral of her grandfather, George V, at the age of nine  
  • Her Majesty attended the funeral of her father George VI after he died in 1952  
  • The royal also mourned the death of her sister Princess Margaret in 2002

The Queen has been no stranger to grief in her 94 years. 

As Princess Elizabeth, she attended her first Royal funeral at the age of nine, when her grandfather, George V, was laid to rest. 

Much has changed over the decades but at each solemn occasion, she has cut a dignified figure, her face etched with memories of those she has lost. 

1936: George V

Young mourner: Elizabeth, in black beret and holding her mother’s hand, arrives for her first funeral at St George’s Chapel

1952: George VI

A new monarch: Just nine days a Queen, Elizabeth attends her father’s funeral – he died, aged 56, during her tour of Kenya

1972: Edward VIII

Back in the fold: After his death in Paris, the abdicated Monarch was laid to rest in Windsor, with his niece mourning

 1997: Princess Diana

Crisis: The Queen had been criticised for her ‘cold’, protocol-led response to Diana’s death, but she led the grieving with gravity

2002: Princess Margaret

Goodbye, little sister: Fifty years to the day after her father’s funeral, the Queen mourned Margaret, who died at 71

2002: Queen Mother

Grief doubles: Just seven weeks after her sister’s death, the Queen lost her mother, too. A million people lined the funeral route

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