The Postponed Coronation and Appendix Operation of King Edward VII – 24 June 1902

Posted on June 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 24 June 1902, and two days before his coronation, King Edward VII (aka ‘Bertie) was diagnosed with appendicitis and underwent an emergency operation.

Thankfully, the operation was a complete success and the king was smoking cigars in his bed the following day – although the coronation had to be postponed and did not take place until 9 August 1902.

To give you a taste of how the dramatic news of the King’s illness was received at the time, here is a news report from ‘The Burnley Express’ of 25 June 1902.

historical newspaper report about appendix operation on king edward VII

Burnley Express – Wednesday 25 June 1902

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historical newspaper report about appendix operation on king edward VII

Burnley Express – Wednesday 25 June 1902

Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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historical newspaper report about appendix operation on king edward VII

Burnley Express – Wednesday 25 June 1902

Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000283/19020625/024/0003