King George's Christmas Speech

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This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

The last Christmas speech by an ailing monarch to his people around the world.

Program opens with British private Lionel Essex a Korean war vet speaking from hospital in Cambridge. He sends out his Christmas message to his 'mates' . He introduced the King, His Majesty, who has been ill, is now going to speak to us.

"As I speak to you today...." Wishes everyone a Happy Christmas. He says he has come through his illness. Appreciates all the support and sympathy. It's a great disappointment, for a second time, that he won't make it for next year's Commonwealth Tour. Says that Princess Elizabeth will be taking his place. He dies while she is on this tour.

He says the simple things matter most, no matter how much the world outside changes. We have come to learn that differences of opinion are not quarrels. We are living in an age that is hard and cruel. Tolerance and understanding are needed. Sends a special message to those who are far from their homes and family. We are home loving - but not a stay-at-home people. Thinking today of those absent from the family circle. Those facing hardships in Malaya and Korea.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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