Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friday 11th December 1936

27.5F at 9 o’clock.

Evening: John came to supper at The Victoria. We sat listening for the final item – 10p.m.- on the radio set. The announcer; “Windsor Castle. His Royal Highness Prince Edward.” A moments pause, then we heard the strong, clear voice of the man who was King yesterday. The moving, dramatic speech ended with “God bless you all. God save the King!”

Immediately after the broadcast, Edward P. left Windsor for the Fort and thence motored at high speed to Portsmouth. At 1a.m. he left his native land, aboard the destroyer Fury. (“It may be some time before I return…”)

John, Miss Clow and I solemnly clinked glasses to the toast, “The Two Kings”.


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