George V1 and The Special Occasion
George V1 of England toured Canada before the Second World
War. At one of the stops along the way, he noticed the local
not wearing a mayoral chain. The King thought this was a sad
omission in the man’s apparel, and that it might be a nice gift
to present to his loyal subject. He asked the mayor directly
whether or not he had a chain.
mayor answered, “Oh yes, Sir, I have.”
King was surprised, but thought there must be a logical reason why
the man was not wearing this important sign of his authority while
meeting his King.
George V1 discreetly remarked, “But I notice you
are not wearing it.”
mayor nodded and explained “Oh, I only wear it on special
King George V1 had a sense of humour, and the story became a
favourite amongst the royal family. Throughout their tour of
South Africa, George (father), Elizabeth (mother), Elizabeth and
Margaret, regularly joked with each other prior to any function
where they were required to be in gala dress.
this a special occasion?” they asked each other, laughing
at their own silliness, calming and grounding each other with a
moment of irreverent reality.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Attending Garden Party
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