The Accession Speech

King Edward VII.'s ascension address is, in these days of bewildering rhetoric, a marvel of simplicity. If it truly reflects the real nature and character of the new king, he is certainly a safe ruler in whose hands to entrust the destiny of his many millions of subjects. This speech is in marked contrast with the stilted and coldly formal utterances of many monarchs, and especially of some of King Edward's earlier predecessors.

In point of brevity, modesty, and evident sincerity, this address may well stand as a model of its kind.

Following is the address:—

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Queen Victoria's Accession Speech
January 31, 1901

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