Avenged!

The King of All the Britains!. Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910). Source: Punch (1 January 1902). Source: The Internet Archive’s online version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library.

Master (1902) of the Ceremonies: — “Oyez! Oyez! Your Majesty’s New Coinage!”

His Majesty King Edward the Seventh: — “Le Roi le Veult! Circulez, Messieurs, Circulez!”

The irony, such as it is, that the King of England, monarch of a nation so long a rival of France, still responds in French is perhaps deepened by the fact that when alone Victoria and her children spoke German, not English. Bertie’s, one expects, spoke English.

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