When my mother was a little girl in Canada about a hundred years ago, the school-children would sing:
The twenty-fourth of May1 became Empire Day throughout British possessions. This was in that splendidly unregenerate period before ‘empire’ became a ‘dirty’ word. A period to which Britons still look back — and very rightly — not with apology or guilt or contrition but with a vivid pride in a glorious past, without which we should have no viable present and no future at all.
The twenty-fourth of May
Is the Queen’s birthday.
If you won’t give us a holiday
We’ll all run away.
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© John W. Wheeler-Bennett 1967