Before the Twins were enthroned in 1953, 3 kings were eliminated. King George V was given the poison cup; King Edward VIII was forced to abdicate, and King George VI was smothered with his pillow by Captain Sir Harold Campbell.

King George V (1865–1936).
King from 1910 to 1936.


King George V was a grandson of Queen Victoria and the second son of King Edward VII.

He was king during the terrible conflict called World War I and he was king when the Twins were born.

Prince George married Mary of Teck in 1893 and the couple had 6 children: Edward, Albert, Mary, Henry, George, and John.

Queen Mary (18671953).

Bertrand Edward Dawson, 1st Viscount Dawson of Penn, was the physician to the royal family and president of the Royal College of Physicians. He was responsible for the timely demise of King George V.

The DOCTOR is the most important person in a republic or a monarchy because he/she holds the power of life and death over the ruler!

Dr. Bertrand Dawson

On the night of January 20, 1936, Dr. Dawson gave the king 2 lethal injections so that the announcement of his death would be timed for inclusion in The Times of January 21.

Dawson did not want the announcement to appear first in the "plebeian" Evening Standard.

The funeral of King George V took place on January 28 and he was interred at Windsor Castle.

The funeral of King George V.

The reason for his action, which Dawson frankly admits in his diary, was to ensure that the announcement of the king's death should appear first in the morning edition of The Times and not in some lesser publication later in the day. To make doubly sure that this would happen Dawson telephoned his wife in London asking her to let The Times know when the announcement was imminent.

There was a little doggerel verse that was very popular back then:

Lord Dawson of Penn/ Killed many men./ That's why we sing/ 'God Save the King'.

After the timely demise of King George V, Edward Prince of Wales, was next in line to the throne.

1936 was the year of the 3 kings!

1936 was indeed a fateful year for the British Empire because it was the year of the 3 kings. People are familiar with the tale of the 3 kings from the Christmas story but it was nothing like that.

King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972) in the uniform of the Scots Guards.
King Edward VIII (18941972). Reigned from Jan. to Dec. 1936.

In 1936, the new king of the British Empire, Edward VIII, abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Simpson–the MAN he loved.

Wallis lost nothing by the king's abdication because she/he was a "queen" already!!

When the Duchess was asked why she/he didn't have children, her reply was that "the Duke is not heir conditioned."


Wallis Simpson
Wallis Simpson

At precisely 10 p.m. on December 10, 1936, King Edward made his famous abdication speech. The 42-year-old king was the most eligible bachelor in the world and could have chosen any woman to be his queen.

King Edward making his famous
King Edward making his famous
abdication speech.

The king told the British people via radio that he could not continue to be king without the "woman" he loved.

In reality, the 40-year-old Simpson could not pass the sex check examination to determine if she/he could produce heirs to the throne.

The king's abdication speech was broadcast via radio to the 4 corners of the flat earth.

The Evening Standard was considered the "commoners" newspaper.

Immediately after the abdication, the king settled his affairs in England, and departed for Austria on the destroyer HMS Fury. From now on he would be known as His Royal Highness, the Duke of Windsor.

Albert, Duke of York, was next in line to the throne. He never dreamed that he would be king because he had serious mental and physical disabilities. He also had a very bad speech impediment and he dreaded any kind of public speaking.

King George VI.
King from 1936 to 1953.
King George VI was the World War II king.

According to Marion Crawford, the Twins' governess, he liked to spend his evenings doing NEEDLEWORK!!

Churchill loved him because he never questioned his running of the war!

Queen Elizabeth was the wife of King George and the mother of the Twins.

Queen Elizabeth (19002002).
Queen from 1936 to 1953.

Here is a quote from a Memoir of the Twins' governess:

The Duke and Duchess rarely dined out. At evening, the happy bath hour over, the children bedded and the day's work done, they would sit one on each side of the fireplace like any other young married couple, happy in each other, not requiring any outside diversion. The Duke was astonishingly expert with a needle. He once made a dozen chair covers in petit point for Royal Lodge. I remember he got rather tired of filling in the background, so I obliged and let him go on with the more amusing part of the design. (Crawford, The Little Princesses, p. 45).

Imagine the "Babylonian Bulldog" walking in on him doing petit point in Buckingham Palace. In later life, the king was a devout Christian like King George III. A lamb surrounded by wolves because the Bible was a rare book in Buckingham Palace.

Regicide Captain Sir Harold Campbell entered through the king's bedroom window!

After returning from London Airport, the king went straight to the royal estate at Sandringham, on the east coast of England. Despite his physicians, he never felt better in his life, and spent the next 5 days hunting. Here is a report from an authorized biography of the king:

February 5 was a day of perfect weather, dry and cold and sunny. King George had never been in better form. It was a 'Keeper's Day,' a day of rural sport, and the King shot hares with his usual accuracy. He was as carefree and happy as those about him had ever known him to be. At the end of the day he sent a word of congratulation to each of the keepers, and that evening, with his customary precision, he planned the next day's sport. (Wheeler-Bennett, King George VI: His Life and Reign, p. 803).

That night, the king slept alone on the ground floor of the house because he was not able to climb the stairs.

King George VI saying "goodbye" to
Princess Lilibet at London Airport.

The last photo of King George VI was taken at Heathrow Airport on January 31.

The King was feeling fine and spent the next week hunting at Sandringham.

The king slept on the ground floor and a new latch was recently installed on the bedroom window.

The window latchet on the king bedroom was fixed
to allow the regicide access from the outside.

The man who had access to the king at all times was his equerry named Captain Sir Harold Campbell. Campbell fixed the window so that it could be opened from the outside. Here is a report of the last hours of the king by his authorized biographer:

At dinner he was relaxed and contented. He retired to his room about 10:30 P.M. and was occupied with his personal affairs until about midnight, when a watchman in the garden observed him affixing the latch of his bedroom window, to which a new fastening had lately been attached. Then he went to bed and peacefully fell asleep. Very early on the morning of February 6 his heart stopped beating. (Wheeler-Bennett, King George VI: His Life and Reign, p. 803).

During the night, the regicide entered the king's bedroom and stopped the king's heart from beating.

No image of regicide Sir
Harold Campbell exists.

The regicide entered the king's bedroom window and smothered King George VI with a pillow.

That regicide should have been hanged or shot, instead, he was rewarded for his perfidy by becoming equerry to the Twins.

All the people on the estate were regicide suspects, but not one of them was ever prosecuted.


The funeral of King George VI,
February, 1952.

Here is a quote from another authorized biography of the Twins:

He died, suddenly and without warning, of a thrombosis in his sleep at Sandringham, just six days later, in the early hours of 6 February 1952. His daughter became Queen in Kenya as she sat on the platform of the Treetops Hotel in the branches of a giant wild fig tree watching and photographing the animals at the salt-lick. (Bradford, Elizabeth, p. 165).

Lilibet was expecting the timely death of the king and she never shed a single tear:

Queen Elizabeth's response to her father's death was remarkably controlled. When Martin Charteris reached Sagan Lodge on 6 February 1952 to start discussing the practicalities of accession, he found the couple alone together, with Philip lying back on the sofa, holding The Times over his face as a shield. The new queen's cheeks were a little flushed, but there was no sign of tears (Lacey, Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II, p. 173).

After the customary year of "mourning" the king's death, Lilibet was crowned as Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.

Coronation of Lilibet in
Westminster Abbey.

The coronation of 25-year-old Lilibet took place in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

Initially, the BBC was banned from filming the ceremony but that ban was lifted when they agreed that there would be no close-up filming.

Thanks to the communications revolution, the wedding was broadcast live via TV to the 4 corners of the flat earth.

Lilibet as the new
Queen Elizabeth II.

Over 8,000 guests from all over the Empire attended the ceremony. General George Marshall, the U.S. Secretary of State, who implemented the Marshall Plan, represented the United States. The coronation was the first major international event to be broadcast live on television.

Vital links


Bradford, Sarah. Elizabeth: A Biography of Britain's Queen. Farrar, Straus and Company, New York, 1996.

Campbell, Colin. The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. St. Martin's Press, New York, 2012.

Crawford, Marion. The Little Princesses, Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1950.

Erickson, Carollly. Lilibet: An Intimate Portrait of Elizabeth II. St. Martin's Press, New York, 2004.

Kelly, Kitty. The Royals, Warner Books, Inc., New York, 1997.

Smith, Sally Bedell, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch. Random House, New York, 2012.

Wheeler-Bennett, John W. King George VI: His Life and Reign. Macmillan & Co., London & New York, 1958.

Copyright © 2017 by Patrick Scrivener

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