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George VI

As the second son of king George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne. But his elder brother Edward VIII revealed his desire to marry the divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. For political and religious reasons, it was impossible for him to marry a divorced woman and keep his royal title. Edward abdicated and George VI ascended the throne in his place.

George VI

As the second son of king George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne. But his elder brother Edward VIII revealed his desire to marry the divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. For political and religious reasons, it was impossible for him to marry a divorced woman and keep his royal title. Edward abdicated and George VI ascended the throne in his place.

12:10

I now call my people at home, and my peoples across the seas, who will make our cause their own.

I ask them to stand calm and firm and united in this time of trial.

The task will be hard.  There may be dark days ahead, and war can no longer be confined to the battlefield, but we can only do the right as we see the right, and reverently commit our cause to God.  If one and all we keep resolutely faithful to it, ready for whatever service or sacrifice it may demand, then with God's help, we shall prevail.

May He bless and keep us all.

12:00

In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history, I send to every household of my peoples, both at home and overseas, this message, spoken with the same depth of feeling for each one of you as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself.

For the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war.

Over and over again, we have tried to find a peaceful way out of the differences between ourselves and those who are now our enemies; but it has been in vain.

We have been forced into a conflict, for we are called, with our allies, to meet the challenge of a principle which, if it were to prevail, would be fatal to any civilized order in the world.

It is a principle which permits a state, in the selfish pursuit of power, to disregard its treaties and its solemn pledges, which sanctions the use of force or threat of force against the sovereignty and independence of other states.