History Rewind: The Duke of Windsor laid to rest

5 June 2014 - 07:00am
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On 5 June 1972, The Duke of Windsor, who died on 28 May, was laid to rest at the Royal burial ground near Windsor Castle.

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Following a funeral service at St George’s Chapel attended by political leaders, diplomats and other dignitaries, the former King was then laid to rest.

Throughout Windsor flags were flown at half-mast. The castle was closed to the public but hundreds were gathered outside.

St George’s Chapel saw a procession of eight soldiers from the first battalion the Welsh Guards carrying the coffin, of the former King who abdicated in 1936. The coffin was draped in the Duke’s personal standard.


The procession was followed by The Duke of Edinburgh, King Olaf of Norway who was a cousin of the Duke, The Prince of Wales and other male Royal Family members. The Duke’s only surviving brother; The Duke of Gloucester was not in attendance as he was ill.

Conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the funeral concluded with a blessing by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Duke of Windsor was buried alongside his brother the Duke of Kent, at the Royal burial ground at Frogmore.

In 1986, Wallis Simpson, The Duke’s wife and whom he abdicated the crown in order to marry, was buried alongside her husband at Frogmore.

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