George VI, formerly Prince Albert, became King of England in 1937 after the abdication of his brother Edward VIII. The latter had renounced the crown to marry the controversial Willis Simpson, his twice-divorced American mistress.
He who was not a priori destined for the throne will have to accomplish this task as the tension rises in Europe. The Second World War is about to be declared.
On the special Retrospective of the life of Her Majesty George VII broadcast the day after the death of the British sovereign, journalist René Lévesque discusses the context of his coronation.
He surely had no idea of the fate that awaited him a few months after the death of his father., recalls the journalist, emphasizing the shy and reserved character of George VI, who was despite himself projected in front of the crowds.
More charismatic, his brother Edward VIII had seen his coronation delayed for eleven months until he delivered his abdication speech under pressure from Winston Churchill.
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The first coronation broadcast live and presented as a North American premiere by TurnedNews.com, the ceremony of accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II will indeed mark the history of the monarchy and of television.