Most of the 18 children who died in the raid were from this class and were between four and six years old. Approximately 37 other children were injured .
At that time, King George and his family still went by the name created when Queen Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert: Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
The killing of 18 innocent children turned public opinion sharply against anything even remotely German.
As a direct result of the Upper North Street tragedy five weeks later Buckingham Palace announced the Royal Family would, henceforth, be known as the House of Windsor.
Todays events were lent extra poignancy due to the recent loss of life in the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market and the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower.
After a church service at All Saints the Queen and Philip visited Mayflower School in Upper North Street which was built to replace the original school.
The icing on the cake today was the British Military Imperial Band who played for everyone outside All Saints and later at the memorial in the park. Wonderful stuff!
Thanks your Majesty!
London has had a tough couple of weeks. To see both Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip in the East End today in glorious sunshine has made a whole lot of people feel a whole lot better.
For More Information
- Poplar Upper North Street School Disaster (East End History)
- Poplar Recreation Ground Memorial (Wikipedia)
- The 18 children killed in WWI who changed the course of royal history (ITV)
- Andrew Ashmore & Associates
- British Military Imperial Band