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Their Majesties in France

25 April 2014

April 24th, 1914.

THEIR Majesties, King George and Queen Mary, have this week been the welcome guests of the French people. From the moment of their landing on the French shore to the moment of their leaving it, the Entente Cordiale between the two nations has found continuous expression. Just ten years have elapsed since France and England completed the adjustment of their outstanding differences, and, in the meantime, there has developed a friendly understanding that has most of the advantages of an alliance with none of its embarrassing disadvantages. Already it has proved of weight in maintaining the tranquillity of Europe, and the understanding, having been extended to include a third Power, may be expected in the future to be effective in preserving the balance in international affairs. But it is clear that the mere interchange of friendly compliments will not suffice. Something more than sentiment is involved in the Entente. The understanding must cover the contingencies and possibilities in circumstances which at present may be regarded as hypothetical, but may at some time emerge into the sphere of practical politics. This is a matter for statesmen to adjust and for the peoples of the countries concerned to appreciate. The outcome of the visit of our King and Queen to Paris and the splendid reception accorded them by the Republic may be expected, we would hope, to be the more perfect realization of the Entente.


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