The Day I saw the King and Queen
It has been rather a special day for all of us here at Park School today, we have had the day with no lessons, no handwriting, no canes and no prayers. Instead we all walked down Bute Street to the Docks holding on to a thick rope, making sure that when we crossed the roads we didn’t tread in horse manure (Alan didn’t look where he was going and got it all over his feet as he couldn’t afford shoes – Pooh!).
We went to see King George and Queen Alexandra to whom God had given the right to be our monarchs and to gloriously rule over us. They brought Princess Victoria with them who was named after her grandmother Queen Victoria who has passed away only six years ago.
The streets were lined with people shouting and cheering and waving the Union Jack. Britain will always be called Great Britain! It was the official opening of another huge docks called “Queen Alexandra Docks”. My teacher said that Wales has so much coal that it is a proof that there is a God and he is smiling on our King and Empire. He says it will never run out there is so much underground!
We are so fortunate to live here in Cardiff where such a lot of things are going on and it gets busier and noisier each year. Two years ago we were on another day off. King George had come to visit on the Royal Train from Paddington (It only takes two hours to get here now) to open the City Hall and declare that our Cardiff, with people from all the world living here, was to be made into a City!
God save the King! I am so glad that he is able to rule so wisely over our wonderful British Empire. Our teacher showed us a globe of the world, all the parts that are pink belong to us isn’t that amazing!
And guess what, just like when the City Hall was opened, we were given a medallion each! I am going to keep it until I grow up. Then when I am old I will give it to my grandchildren!
Here it is kept safely in my diary until then. I really hope the words don’t fade so that in years to come people will still remember my special day when I saw the King!
Alice Brown July 1907