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As It Was on the Night of the Declaration of War

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This drawing shows the scenes of patriotic enthusiasm which have been taking place outside Buckingham Palace every day since the shadow of war began to overhang the nation.

The popular feeling of loyalty to the Royal House in the hour of national trial culminated on the night of the Declaration of War against Germany-that is, on August 4. At about eight o’clock on that evening, when a throng of some o,00ooo people were gathered in front of Buckingham Palace, the King and Queen, the Prince of Wales, and Princess Mary came out on a balcony. A mighty cheer rose from the assembled crowd, who then sang the National Anthem with the utmost fervour.


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