Those who saw the film “The King’s Speech” may be interested to know the actual speech on King George VI was pretty close to the portrayal.

The film was about King George VI overcoming his stammer and led to his announcement of World War II.

His stammer was more pronounced earlier on, as those who saw the film are aware. It was very noticeable in this 1938 speech given at for the opening of the Empire Exhibition in Ibrox Park, Glasgow, Scotland.

The portrayal of the characters in the film seem pretty accurate. Rose Kennedy gives a great description of what Windsor Castle and the royal family were like in written accounts of a trip she and President Kennedy took from April 9 to 11 in 1938.

She wrote:

“There were numerous servants in evidence, in full livery; soon one of them brought us sherry. Another, who as well as livery wore a peruke [wig], was especially appointed to attend us and led the way whenever we left the suite . . . At 8:20 the footman came to escort us to the Green Reception Room. At 8:30 the King and Queen came in . . .”

“I found it very difficult to accustom myself to saying ‘Ma’am’ when addressing the Queen and she told me not to bother; putting me at my ease. She has a very pleasant voice, a beautiful English complexion, great dignity and charm; is simple in manner, stands very erect and holds herself well and is every inch a queen. . . . I lay in bed thinking [I] must be dreaming that I, Rose Kennedy, a simple, young matron from Boston, am really here at Windsor Castle the guest of the Queen and two little Princesses.”

“I found it very difficult to accustom myself to saying ‘Ma’am’ when addressing the Queen and she told me not to bother; putting me at my ease. She has a very pleasant voice, a beautiful English complexion, great dignity and charm; is simple in manner, stands very erect and holds herself well and is every inch a queen. . . . I lay in bed thinking [I] must be dreaming that I, Rose Kennedy, a simple, young matron from Boston, am really here at Windsor Castle the guest of the Queen and two little Princesses.”

Actual audio of the speech can be found here:

Here are images of the visit, courtesy of The National Archives:

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