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Krell v Henry [1903] 2 KB 740

The defendant hired a flat on Pall Mall for the sole purpose of viewing King Edward VII's coronation procession. The price agreed was £75 for two days. The defendant paid £25 deposit. Due to illness of the King the coronation was cancelled. Consequently, the defendant did not use the flat. The claimant sought to claim the outstanding £50.


The contract was frustrated as cancellation of the procession deprived it of its commercial purpose. The claimant's action for breach of contract was thus unsuccessful.

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