Unlike more recent Royal visits,
the visit by the Royal Family to South Africa in 1947 was a full marathon and
not a 100-metre dash. It was a two-month swirl of introductions, photographs,
handshakes, toasts and speeches. Even the vivacious Princess Elizabeth, the
heir apparent, was afforded the opportunity to make a speech, her first. The
two-month long sojourn to a land on the cusp of fundamental change, would include
two days, the 26th & the 27th February 1947, to make
the acquaintance of the peoples of arguably the most English city in South
Africa, Port Elizabeth.
Brigadier Arthur Coy with the Mayor of PE, Mr Neave, inspecting the Ex Servicemen with the King and Queen at Crusaders ground, St. George’s Park in February 1947. The princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were in attendance. There was a garden party in Victoria Park afterwards.
King Edward VIII is notorious for two reasons. The first, the reason for his abdication in 1936, was his love for an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. The second, and for the most part unproved, was his pro-Nazi views during WW2. The first is fact but is there any substance to the second allegation?
In terms of the primogeniture rules of succession then applicable, young Edward, or David as he was known to his siblings, would become the next king of England. By the throw of the dice, Edward who was ideally suited to this role for he possessed the common touch was the heir presumptive. Unlike his parents, he was unafraid of being seen by the commoner.
A Personal View – April 2014
The Parliamentary Session in the British House of Commons on the 9th May 1940 was acrimonious. The emergency debate revolved around the catastrophe in Norway.
This campaign had been Churchill’s brainchild as the First Lord of the Admiralty. As Churchill rose to speak, he instinctively knew that this speech would probably be the most important speech in his entire political career. At 64 years of age, his life-long ambition of holding high political office could possibly remain a pipe-dream.
Main picture: Untrained British forces landing at Narvik, Norway
Rating: 5 out of 5
In spite of apparently having everything in life, the second son of King George V of England had one troubling impediment: a debilitating stammer.
Prince Albert, or Bertie as he was affectionately known, was a high-ranking member of the Royal family. As such he was obliged to make speeches periodically. Every one became a nightmare for him. To overcome this affliction he had tried every form of speech therapy but none worked. Fortunately for him, he had a wonderful loving wife who persevered.