Clip opens with 8 October, 1952 scenes from the aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash in England, where the collision of a Scottish Express train and a commuter train, followed by another express train, killed 200 people outside of London, England. Destroyed British trains on the track. Rescue operations carried out. Injured carried away for medical help on litters. Scene changes to coast of England in early January 1952, as the United States freighter ship Flying Enterprise (formerly the SS Cape Kumukaki) founders to one side while underway in rough seas. The ship had battled to stay afloat for 8 days following structural damage and then shifting cargo. Captain of the ship Kurt Carlsen is honored at a ceremony for putting up a brave fight for eight days trying to get the ship to port across the rough sea.
Major events of the year 1952. King George VI dies in London, England on February 6, 1952 as the British public mourns his death. The flag at half mast. Woman crying over death of King George VI. Elizabeth II becomes the Queen and salutes the Royal Guards lined up at a ceremony. British soldiers fight in the streets of Egypt over the issue of Suez Canal. Dead bodies lined up on the street. King Farouk I of Egypt with his wife and children after being sent to exile as a result of a revolution. Workers at Anglo-Iranian oil refineries in Iran after the government's decision to nationalize them causing a great set back to British interests. Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddeq arrives at the International Court in Hague for the settlement of the issue.
King George VI passes away in the United Kingdom. People gather in a large number at a railroad station in London. A funeral train bearing the body of King George VI pulls in at the station. People mourn. Casket bearing the body is taken out of the train. Pallbearers carry the casket. Exterior of Westminster Hall. A large crowd gathers along the sides of a street. The casket is placed in Westminster Hall. A crowd queues up to pay homage.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Lloyd George arrives at Downing Street in London, England during World War I. United Kingdom Prime Minister David Lloyd George gets off from a car. People crowd on the street. British Union Leader Arthur Henderson gets off from a car. People stand in the background. Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Arthur James Balfour in a car. A man opens a door of the car. The former Prime Minister gets out from the car.
Following the death of King George VI the night before, ceremonies are held in London proclaiming the accession of Princess Elizabeth to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II. People gather in a large number on a street in London. A royal carriage passes on the street. Cavalry moves along with the carriage. Buildings along the sides of the street. People standing behind roped off area. Officials come outside the at the Royal Exchange in London and stand on the steps of the building. One of the officials speaks on behalf of the Lords Spiritual, the Lords Temporal, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Aldermen of the City of London and representatives of Commonwealth nations. He reads the formal Proclamation of Accession announcing Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary as Queen Elizabeth II. He then declares "God Save The Queen." People applaud after the announcement and the band plays God Save the Queen.
The government crashes in the United Kingdom. In Ballater, Scotland : King George V of the United Kingdom reviews honor guard. The King drives away in a car. In London, England : United Kingdom Prime Minister James Ramsay MacDonald with his Labour party members and leaders of the Conservatives liberals to form his cabinet.