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Death of Prince John, aged 13

25 January 2019

January 24th, 1919.

FROM all parts of the kingdom there have gone forth to their Majesties the King and Queen, and to the Royal Family, expressions of respectful sympathy in the loss that has befallen their House. A peculiar pathos was added to the unexpected death of the young Prince John by the fact that his short life had been saddened by an affliction, distressing, no doubt, to himself and heartrending to his Royal parents. It is pathetic also that for their Majesties the hour of national rejoicing should be darkened by this sorrowful loss. So often during their reign, and especially during the war, have they shared in their subjects’ griefs, that their own grief at once appeals to the heart of their people. This kingdom is indeed happy in the relations that exist between the Royal House and the King’s subjects; and no clearer proof of the closeness of their union is given than when such a sad occasion as this reveals that even the humblest homes take their share in the sorrow of the Royal household.

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