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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1, 1937)

The Coronation

The Coronation.

In the time of the present generation there have been only two coronations of moment to the British Empire, those of Edward VII and George V. Edward VIII was proclaimed and reigned as King-Emperor, but abdicated before the details of a crowning ceremony had been fully arranged. The coronation of Queen Victoria took place just a hundred years ago, and of that no one living could have a very clear recollection. Only three coronations in the course of a century is a tribute both to the health and stamina of our “Royal line of Kings” and to the peace, stability, and strength residing in the peoples over whom they have reigned.

The double coronation to take place this month, with the full panoply of State and accompanied by a period of rejoicing and celebration throughout the whole of the British Commonwealth of Nations, will be the most spectacular of all. It is rightly regarded as an occasion for a display calculated to stir romance, instil the love of country, and exhibit to the world at large the unity of thought and steadfastness of outlook amongst all our peoples.

Judged by the best of all tests—experience and results—the system of Government known as a Limited Monarchy has served well the whole British Empire, and it is as firmly established now as at any time in British history.

Our King and Queen carry to their Coronation the love and good wishes of all their peoples and the respect and friendship of the other nations throughout the world.