§ THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY
My Lords, I have the honour to acquaint your Lordships that I have received a Message from Her Majesty the Queen, signed with her own hand, which I shall beg the Lord Chancellor to read to your Lordships.
§ The noble Marquess thereupon left his place and presented the Royal Message to the Lord Chancellor on the Woolsack.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR (LORD SIMONDS)
My Lords, the Message is as follows:
"I know that the House of Lords mourns with me the untimely death of my dear Father. In spite of failing health, he upheld to the end the ideal, to which he pledged himself, of service to his Peoples and the preservation of Constitutional Government. He has set before me an example of selfless dedication which I am resolved, with God's help, faithfully to follow.
§ ELIZABETH REGINA."
§ The Lord Chancellor then handed the Royal Message to the Clerk of the Parliaments who had come up to the Woolsack from the Table of the House to receive it.