HOUSE OF COMMONS, 22 OCTOBER 1947— “I am in entire accord with what the Prime Minister has said about Princess Elizabeth and about the qualities which she has already shown, to use his words, ‘of unerring graciousness and understanding and of human simplicity.’ He is indeed right in declaring that these are among the characteristics of the Royal House. I trust that everything that is appropriate will be done by His Majesty’s Government to mark this occasion of national rejoicing. ‘One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,’ and millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of colour on the hard road we have to travel. From the bottom of our hearts, the good wishes and good will of the British nation flow out to the Princess and to the young sailor who are so soon to be united in the bonds of holy matrimony. That they may find true happiness together and be guided on the paths of duty and honour is the prayer of all.” —WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (His quotation is from Shakespeare’s Trolius and Cressida, 1602)
LONDON, APRIL 29TH— If the Great Man woke up from his “black velvet—eternal sleep,” perhaps to enjoy a cigar and a cognac during the pageantry in London, he might have felt a sense of satisfaction, and invoked his favorite Boer expression: Alles sal reg kom—“All will come right.” The words he spoke sixty-four years ago at another Royal Wedding have stood the test of time. “We could not have had a better King,” he said in 1953: “And now we have this splendid Queen.” The road has indeed been hard these six decades of her reign, but “unerring graciousness and human simplicity” have marked her every step along the path. We join in wishing Prince William and his bride a happy life. Live long, and prosper.