Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Obsolete Royal Court Etiquette

The Royals at the Empire Exhibition – This was the first time he was induced to speak for “distribution” — due mainly to obsolete Court etiquette, which had always required the Sovereign’s words to be conveyed strictly and literally by “word of mouth” (and hearing.)
  
Out with the Old and In with the New!

King George to Talk by Radio 

LONDON, April 22 (United Press)—Britain’s great $100,000,000 “empire boosting” exhibition will be officially opened tomorrow by King George —appropriately enough on St. George’s Day, the feast of England’s patron saint. For the benefit of those unable to attend the opening ceremony, King George's speech will be broadcasted by wireless — the first time the British Monarch has been broadcasted. 


Elaborate ceremonial will mark the opening, and the general public admitted at the scheduled price of one shilling, and expence will be strictly marshalled to conform with the occasion. Wemberley Park being some eight miles from Buckingham Palace, the Royal party will motor the greater part of the distance, changing into state carriages drawn by four horses about a quarter of a mile from the exhibition. 

The King is immensely interested in the arrangements for broadcasting for, although a wireless fan, this was the first time he has been induced to speak for “distribution” — due mainly to obsolete Court etiquette, which has always required the Sovereign’s words to be conveyed strictly and literally by “word of mouth” (and hearing.) The Royal party will also witness a section of the “Pagent of Empire,” depicting the history of the British race and the growth of the empire, and make hasty tour of the exhibition. – Madera Tribune, 1924

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