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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 753

Mr McMAHON (Lowe) (Prime Minister) - -Honourable members will be aware that the death occurred yesterday of His Royal Highness Prince William of Gloucester the elder son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. He died when his plane crashed on take-off at the start of an air race at Wolverhampton. Mr Speaker, this is the second time in a few months that I have asked the House to express its condolence to Her Majesty the Queen following the death of a member of the Royal family. I am sure I speak for every honourable member in this House when I express our sincere sympathy to Her Majesty on this occasion. I have sent a message to Her Majesty conveying the Government's condolences in her bereavement. I have sent also a message to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Many Australians will remember the Princes 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 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 this country while his father was GovernorGeneral. After his education, which he completed in the United States of America, he served as a diplomat 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 has followed his extensive farming interests. I move:

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

To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty: most Gracious Sovereign, we, the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament

Assembled, have received with 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 the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and to other members of the Royal family, in the loss which you have sustained'.

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