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From: "Peter Holmes" <>
Subject: [Lon] Abdication year 1936
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 11:57:10 -0700
If there are any listers of my generation who can reply to this question, please e-mail me direct at to avoid clogging up the list.
During the so-called Abdication Crisis of 1936 (which was more of a royal soap opera to the general public) there was circulated a rather clever parody of Stanley Holloway's monologue 'The Lion and Albert'. It detailed Mrs. Wallis Simpson's run for the throne (King Edward and Queen Wallis!)
Stanley Holloway's last couplet was: "Here's stick with horse's head handle, Go and see what the tigers can do!" The parody ended: "Here's crown and orb and sceptre, Go and see what young Bertie can do!"
I am writing a book of family memoirs and trying to capture the spirit of that year, which I remember as being far removed from the various historical accounts of a "wave of panic which swept the whole Commonwealth".
Can anyone remember more of it?
Peter Holmes, B.C. Canada.