Lady Pamela Hicks, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip recently recalled the moment she witnessed history as the Queen discovered she was the new monarch.
Lady Pamela, who was also one of the bridesmaids in her highness's wedding, had accompanied the then Princess Elizabeth to what was set to be a long tour in Kenya.
Queen Elizabeth was on top of a wildlife-watching stop in Kenya’s Aberdare national park as King George VI rested back home in England, battling his ailment. The battle finally ended when the King died in his sleep.
Speaking on behalf of Lady Pamela, her daughter, India Hicks, narrated the happenings of the day that the King died, making the 25-year-old princess the direct heir to the throne.
In an interview with "PEOPLE," India explained that her mother very clearly remembers pacing up and down accompanied by Prince Philip, the ladies-in-waiting, and the private secretary when they received the news.
She further added that the Queen, who was likely devastated with the news of her father's demise, took some time to compose herself and said, "I’m so sorry, but we are going to have to go back to England."
Lady Pamela gave Elizabeth a hug but immediately understood that she was now the queen. Guided by her sudden realization she dropped into a deep curtsy.
As Lady Pamela, in an interview with "PEOPLE" a few years ago, relieved the memory of a very important moment in history, she described how quickly everything changed for the Queen of England.
"She went up that ladder a princess and came down a queen."
The treetop viewpoint was the climax to week-long official engagements for the royals followed by fishing and riding. As Lady Pamela recalls, the queen had her cine camera with her and she was delightfully creating memories.
She also noted that Elizabeth was very excited about the game that she had just witnessed and also about writing back to her parents and describing the incredible journey. Sadly, the king couldn't make it.
Prince Philip, the first royal to ever celebrate a 60th marriage anniversary, had also accompanied the Queen on her remote yet romantic getaway. As the touring monarchs returned home, they were received by a group alongside Winston Churchill.
Lady Pamela concluded her statement addressing that it was on the tarmac that she came to a sudden realization that it was the end of Elizabeth's personal life.
November 24, 2019