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Prince’s promising start

20 June 2014

June 19th, 1914.

IT IS very delightful and, we should hope, of happy augury that the first public function performed by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales [the future Duke of Windsor, after his abdication as King Edward VIII] was the stone-laying of a new church on his own demesne at Kennington. The gracious little speech the Prince delivered on the occasion breathed the same spirit which animated his illustrious predecessor in the titles of Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall, and confessed, as the consequence of exalted rank, that obligation of service to which the Black Prince's and his own motto, Ich Dien, pledges him. The owner of the manor on which the Black Prince lived and is believed tohave died, the Prince of Wales, instructed and advised by his royal father, is making it his care to provide suitable housing for the tenants on his estate, and, mindful of their spiritual interests also, is helping to plant a church, with its subsidiary buildings, in their midst. St Anselm's, Kennington, is being raised with peculiarly happy auspices, and in no church in the Kingdom, we imagine, will the divine favour be more earnestly invoked on the Prince of Wales' behalf than in that of his own parish. We observe with pleasure his Royal Highness's adoption as his own the Black Prince's favourite ascription, Auxilium meum a Domino.

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