jimhedgcock jameshedgcock at h...
Thu Jul 24 23:03:36 BST 2003

I wonder if subscribers could clarify something that has puzzled me 
for some time?
On page 710 of this week's RW there is a quarter peal at Woburn. I 
think that strictly speaking the footnote is incorrect. I think that 
it should read 'Henry Robin Ian Russell 14th. Duke of Bedford.' At 
the time that the quarter was rung, the successor to the title, the 
Marquis of Tavistock had become the 15th Duke of Bedford, and is THE 
Duke of Bedford. On the death of the monarch I have heard the 
proclamation 'The King is Dead. Long live the King.' I assume that 
the second proclamation refers to the successor whilst the first 
refers to the deceased King. When George V1 died, was the 
proclamation 'The King is Dead. Long live the Queen.'

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