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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2223

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - As honourable senators know, His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor died on Sunday 28th May in France at the age of 77 years. As well as being a much loved member of the Royal family, the Duke of Windsor was a significant person in our national history as the central figure in the abdication in 1936. Although this event was of great moment from which the monarchy emerged perhaps even stronger, the Duke of Windsor may best be remembered for the qualities of essential humanity which he displayed throughout his li'fe. A most popular figure, particularly in his younger days, His Royal Highness sought always to identify himself with his people. During the Great War and the subsequent industrial depression he constantly showed his warmth and human understanding for the difficulties his countrymen were facing. He constantly broadened his horizons and made intensive tours of many countries. His warmth and humanity stayed with him always as essential parts of his character which never left him throughout the difficult period of his abdication and the years that followed.

I would like to inform honourable senators that the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon) has sent a message to Her Majesty conveying the Government's condolences. At the same time the Prime Minister has also sent to the Duchess of Windsor a message of sympathy in her irreparable loss. Mr President, T move:

That an address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the following terms be agreed to -

We, the President and members of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled, have received with profound sorrow the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor. On behalf of your people throughout the Commonwealth of Australia we express deep sympathy to Your Majesty and to the members of the Royal Family in the loss which you have sustained.

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