Death of King George V - 1936

Funeral train passed through WGC on 23 January 1936

By Robert Gill

King George V funeral train passing through Welwyn Garden City
Daily Telegraph and Welwyn News

King George V died at Sandringham on 20 January 1936. His body was brought to London on 23 January 1936 to lie in state in Westminster Hall before being buried at Windsor Castle on 26 January 1936.

The funeral train passed through Welwyn Garden City on the 23 January 1936 where a large crowd gathered at the station to pay a last tribute. The scene as the train passed through was described as remarkable. In addition to crowds on the platforms, the new footpath in front of the Film Studio was packed with silent crowds along the entire length. Overall, the crowds are estimated at around 2,000. 

The train went through at a moderate speed and with uncanny quietness. Little could be seen of the interior of the funeral and royal coaches except the occasional glimpse of sad, pale faces. The crowd at the Station included many factory workers and several artists from the Film Studio in their make-up.

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