Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, as hon. members of the house are aware, our King and Queen are celebrating today their silver wedding anniversary. It will be the desire of all citizens of Canada to have congratulations and good wishes extended to Their Majesties on this occasion. I can think of no more appropriate manner of so doing than by resolutions of both houses of parliament conveying expressions of loyalty, devotion and affection toward the King and Queen from the people's representatives in parliament assembled.
I have had a word with my hon. friend the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Bracken), and he has kindly agreed to join with me in a resolution of which we have both approved, and which I shall move in just a moment. Let me only mention that never before in the history of our parliament has there been an occasion when it was possible to pass a congratulatory address upon the day of the silver wedding anniversary of the reigning sovereigns. When King George V and Queen Mary celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary the parliament of Canada was not in session. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra celebrated their silver wedding anniversary before King Edward VII ascended the throne. Because of the untimely death of the Prince Consort which occurred before the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of His Royal Highness to Queen Victoria there was no opportunity to extend such an address. These circumstances lend a note of added significance to the opportunity which is ours today. I am sure it is one that will be welcomed in all parts of our country, and by none more than by those of us who are representatives of the people in parliament.
I accordingly move, seconded by Mr. Bracken, the Leader of the Opposition:
That an humble address be presented to Their Majesties, the King and Queen, in the following words:
Most Gracious Sovereigns:
We, Your Majesties' loyal and dutiful subjects, the House of Commons of Canada in parliament assembled, beg to offer our sincere congratulations to Your Majesties on the 25th anniversary of your marriage.
As members of the Parliament of Canada, we are happy to avail ourselves of this anniversary to express the warmth of the feelings cherished towards Your Majesties by the Canadian people. Your devotion to each other, the exemplary character of your family life, and your unfailing consecration to public service through years alike of war and peace, have been an inspiration to your subjects everywhere.
We trust that Your Majesties may long be spared to share the happiness of life together, and to enjoy the affection of your peoples in all parts of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
I would ask that when this resolution is passed a copy of the resolution be cabled to Their Majesties by Your Honour, also that the cable be later supplemented by a copy of the resolution suitably engrossed and bound as a permanent memento of the expressions of the Canadian people toward Their Majesties, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, at this time.
Subtopic: CONGRATULATION'S ON TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARRIAGE OF THEIR MAJESTIES