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Empire Day in Hyde Park: The King at a Monster Concert

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THE LARGEST CONCERT EVER KNOWN IN LONDON: A CHOIR OF 10,000 CONDUCTED BY DR. CHARLES HARRISS, SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ON THE APPROACH OF THE ROYAL CARRIAGES (SEEN IN THE RIGHT BACKGROUND!.


i THE ROYAL PARTY: (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) PRINCESS VICTORIA, PRINCESS MARY, THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT, THE QUEEN, QUEEN ALEXANDRA, THE KING, LADY PATRICIA RAMSAY, AND PRINCE HENRY (IN KHAKII.


Empire Day (Saturday, May 24) was celebrated in London by a great open-air concert- the biggest ever known here–held in that part of Hyde Park known as ‘ the Dip,” which formed a huge natural amphitheatre for an audience of some zoo,ooo people. The conductor and organiser of the concert, Dr. Charles Harriss, a distinguished Canadian musician, had under his b~ton the massed bands of the Brigade of Guards and a choir of ten thousand voices, with the Imperial Choir as a nucleus augmented by voices from


practically every choir and choral society in London. The unexpected arrival of the King and Queen, with other members of the Royal Family, was the occasion of an immense outburst of loyal enthusiasm. This reached its height when his Majesty ascended the high conductor’s stat.. and was acclaimed by the great concourse who sang ” For he ‘s a jolly good fellow,” iollowed by tremendous cheers. The Queen then ascended the platform, and renewed acclamations arose.



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