In August 1920 the Prince of Wales visited Australia to extend official thanks for its support during World War I. The Prince toured extensively, and his tour was one of the most popular royal visits ever. Wherever he went public holidays were declared, foundation stones laid, memorials unveiled and receptions and balls. The Prince made a point of meeting ex-servicemen and women. His popularity illustrated the complexity of Australia's self-awareness at the time. The Prince spent eight days in Queensland.
The impact of his visit, which allowed Glennie students to be a part of the procession and to witness his speech, was recorded in the ‘Glennie Gazette’ of October 1920:
“Last term witnessed an event which cannot be paralleled in the annals of any Australian school. Our hearts glowed with pride in our young Prince. Glennie had the honour of presenting the Prince with a special memento – a rose bowl with the Glennie badge attached. Long streamers of purple, scarlet and gold (the school colours) were tied to the bowl with a card on which were written a few words of love and loyalty. The honour of presenting the gift fell to Annie Baker, supported by the other prefects. The Prince then shook hands with all the prefects. Is it any wonder that they were regarded by the whole school as heroines for days after, were continually mobbed for details and declared that never again would they wash their hands!”
The Prince of Wales' royal visit of 1920 was extraordinarily popular throughout the country. Having served with the Commonwealth Forces in World War I, he later ascended to the British throne in January 1936 as King Edward VIII.
Mrs Noeleen Fleming
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