HC Deb 21 December 1934 vol 296 cc1527-8

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he is now in a position to make a further statement in regard to the arrangements for the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne?


The Lord President of the Council announced in the House of Commons on 30th July last that The King had been graciously pleased to approve certain recommendations respecting the Silver Jubilee Celebrations, and that the official Celebrations in London would be inaugurated on 6th May next by a Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul's Cathedral, which would be attended by Their Majesties The King and Queen and by Members of the Royal Family.

During the Celebrations in London The King will receive the Diplomatic Corps and Representatives of the Overseas Empire. Addresses will also be presented to His Majesty by both Houses of Parliament.

The King and Queen hope, during the Celebrations, to undertake Processional Drives in different parts of London. His Majesty is especially anxious that great expense should not be incurred in the way of decorations in the districts concerned, so that in the event of unfavourable weather the drive may be postponed until another date.

Included in the programme for the Celebrations will be a Naval Review at Spithead, a Military Review at Aldershot, and an Air Force Review.

The Celebrations in Wales will include a ceremony at which His Majesty will be represented by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.

The King and Queen hope during the month of August to break their journey to Balmoral at Edinburgh.

Arrangements are being made for the floodlighting on an extensive scale during the Celebrations of public buildings and other places.


Is it anticipated that some of the Government Departments may be shut down on that day, and, if so, will they be paid the usual pay?


Perhaps my hon. Friend will be good enough to repeat that question to me when we come back.