20th century to the present day

1905
Revival of banquets in the Hall

1910
First royal lying-in-state (Edward VII)

1914-23
Extensive repairs made to the roof

1930
Lying-in-state of the victims of the R101 airship disaster

1936
George V's lying-in-state

1941
Hall threatened by fire at the height of the Blitz

1952
George VI's lying-in-state

1953
Queen Mary's lying-in-state

1960
Address by President de Gaulle of France

1965
Winston Churchill's lying-in-state

1996
Address by Nelson Mandela

2002
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's lying-in-state

Address by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee

2010

Visit by Pope Benedict XVI

 

Related information

H M Airship R101 was one of a pair of experimental rigid airships commissioned by the British government in the 1920s as a method of long-distance air travel.

After a series of test flights, the R101 caught fire in Northern France, killing 48 of the 54 people on board. The victims lay in state at Westminster Hall on 10th October 1930.

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