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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 461

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - Mr Acting President, honourable senators will be aware that His Royal Highness Prince William of Gloucester, the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, died yesterday when his plane crashed on takeoff at the start of an air race at Wolverhampton. This is the second time in recent months that the Senate has been asked to express ils condolence to Her Majesty the Queen following the death of a member of the Royal Family. 1 know I speak for all honourable senators when I express our sincere sympathy to Her Majesty on this occasion. The Prime Minister (Mr McMahon) has sent a message to Her Majesty conveying the Government's condolences in her bereavement. He has also sen! a message to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Many Australians will remember the Prince's father, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, who occupied with distinction the post of Governor-General from 1945 to 1947. We recall also that His Royal Highness visited us again in 1965 to represent Her Majesty at the jubilee of ANZAC. So. Sir, the association of the late Prince's family with Australia has been a close one.

Prince William was born in 1941 and spent his early childhood in Australia while his father was Governor-General. After completing his education in the United States of America, he served as a displomat from 1965 to 1970. During this period he held appointments in Nigeria and Tokyo. In June 1970, he represented Her Majesty the Queen in Tonga when it celebrated its return to the comity of nations. Since his return to Britain in 1970, Prince William had followed his extensive farming interests. Mr Acting President, I move:

That the following address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II be agreed to:

To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty: Most Gracious Sovereign, we, the members of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled, have received wilh profound sorrow the news of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince William of Gloucester. On behalf of your people throughout the Commonwealth of Australia we express deep sympathy to Your Majesty, Their Royal Highnesses (he Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and to other members of the Royal Family, in the loss which you have sustained'.

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