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Community News & Views | A resort fit for a King

IT WAS 90 years ago King George V and Queen Mary came to Bognor for their historic visit.


The Bognor Regis Post will be publishing weekly excerpts from archive editions of The Times to show how it informed its readers about the monarch’s recovery from a lung illness:


Thursday, March 21 – The King passed another satisfactory day yesterday. Early morning mists at Bognor were dispersed by the sun early enough for his Majesty to spend about two hours of the grounds of Craigweil House; and after enjoying the sunshine he had a short walk before returning to his room. Dr Woods again applied the luminous ray treatment in the afternoon.


Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles, visited the King and Queen, and stayed until the late afternoon. Princess Elizabeth was also with the King for some time.


The Queen did not go for a drive yesterday, but took a walk in the vicinity of Craigweil House.


Tuesday, March 26 – Tomorrow, for the first time since his illness, the King will take part in an official ceremony, when the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York will visit


Craigweil House to do homage to the King on their appointments. The Prime Minister will be present, and will take part in the ceremony. Mr Baldwin will leave London in the morning and return in the afternoon.


The Archbishop of Canterbury is already at Bognor, where he has been recuperating after his illness. The introduction of new archbishiops to his Majesty’s presence is usually done by the Home Secretary but it was felt that Mr Baldwin should perform the ceremony this time, as it will be the first occasion on which the King has received a member of the Government since his illness.

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