View Full Version : Poor Bertie-thrust upon the Throne

01-10-2012, 09:36 PM
This time last year, I sat in a packed cinema to watch the newest of films. To my Amazement, during the closing credits there was a standing ovation within the auditorium, for an Historical into, of all things, Royalty.

Bertie, the Kings second Son, married Elizabeth and the two planned a quiet life together as non intrusive Royals, mostly because Bertie had a terrible stammer. But when the King died, and the Heir to the Throne turned out to be a Nazi sympathizer and planned to marry an American Socialite, the British Government was not impressed. The Heir Abdicated...

...and suddenly Poor Bertie discovered that he would have to be King after all. To make matters worse one of his first broadcasts was to tell the Nation that for a second time in the past twenty years, the World would go to war with a Hungry German Chancellor. A feat which would cost the New King both his Empire, and dare I say it his life, for he was a simple man, and the weight of the crown basically drove him to an early grave.

Here is a clip at the start of the film, where at the close of The Empire Exhibition, which was a huge event for the Commonwealth, the future King made an ass of himself by being unable to address the Empire on live radio.


By the end of the film, thanks to a unique speech therapist, we have another speech, this time the most important speech of his Reign. To announce that England stood ready to halt the advance of Germany throughout Continental Europe.


I have never experienced this sort of reaction from the audience in a cinema before. It shows a real affinity with the Monarchy because, this of course is a true story, and relates directly to the Current Monarchs Father

01-10-2012, 11:00 PM
Spare a thought also for the fact that this Kings adversary was perhaps the Greatest Of Orators, Adolf Hitler, whose only real skill as a Statesman was the ability to Speak his way into Office.

01-10-2012, 11:27 PM
In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in 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 which 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.

Such a principle, stripped of all disguise, is surely the mere primitive doctrine that might is right, and if this principle were established throughout the world, the freedom of our own country and of the whole British Commonwealth of nations would be in danger.

But far more than this, the peoples of the world would be kept in bondage of fear, and all hopes of settled peace and of the security of justice and liberty among nations, would be ended.

This is the ultimate issue which confronts us. For the sake of all we ourselves hold dear, and of the world order and peace, it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge.

It is to this high purpose that I now call my people at home and my people 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

It Took the King almost six mins to read that speech outloud! He took it slowly so as not to stumble...and there are some odd pauses...but the Nation was won over by his eventual delivery