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

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.

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

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

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