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Carnarvon Town Council and…


Carnarvon Town Council and the Title of "Prince of Wales." LETTER FROM SIR J. H. PULESTON. At the monthly meeting of the Carnar- von Town Council on Tuesday night, the Mayor (Mr W. J. Williams) presiding.'Mr R. E. Owen moved the following:—That this Council respectfully begs to offer to His Majesty the King its congratulations on his accession to the Throne, and to humbly express the hope that H.R.H. the Duke of Cornwall and York may be graciously permitted to assume the title of Prince of Wales so fondly cherished by our nation, and that, in the event of His Majesty conferring such title, it would please his Majesty to have the ceremony performed ia the historic castle of our town." The proposer went on to say that the whole of Wales would feel very dis- satisfied if trie title was not conferred upon the Duke of York and Cornwall. If such an event came to pass Carnarvon would be able to establish its claim as the capital of Wales, and the castle might not mpro- bablv be at some time converted into a Royal residence (laughter). Mr J. Davies I second the adoption of the first part of the motion. The Mayor Is it not premature to pass this ? Mr E. E. Owen, at tuis stage, read the following letter — Dear Mr Owen,—I fully appreciate what you say and propose, but I think you had better not move in the matter until w4 know whether the title of Prince of Wales is to be revived. So far we are told it will not be, and the official order to the King's Printers as to the new Prayer Book would indicate this to be so. I regret very much not having a Prince of Wales, and I would support your proposal heartily if we were still to have that title.Believe me, Yours faith- fully, John H. Puleston. Dr Parry said that there was not a man or woman in Wales who was not anxious to see the title of Prince of Wales revived -(hear. hear)—but as the conferring of the title was a privilege vested in the King he should not care for that Council to forestall what he hoped would be a spon- taneous outcome of His Majesty's own de- cision. There were persons in high places vho would like to see the title dropped, and he need only refer to a speech by Mr Ba.ifour who made use tof the words de minimis non in speaking of Wales, but these people had miscalculated and mis- judged the people of Wales upon this point. He did not think there was a person in Wales, Tgry or Liberal, who would like to see the title dropped (hear, hear). At the same time it would be better not to pass the resolution proposed, they should rather wait and trugi,that the King would in his love for Wales confer the title upon his son. Mr Richard Thomas suggested that Car- narvon, being the birth-place of the first Prince of Wales, no harm could result from the Council expressing its hope that the title might be earned on. Mr R. N, Davies said that they would be ill-advised to put the motion to vote. They should not try to force the hands of the King, who, as they were aware, was a Chancellor of the Welsh University and took great interest in Welsh educational matters. Mr Owen said that he did not want to press the motion, which was withdrawn excepting the congratulatory part, which was carried. On the motion of Mr J. T. Roberts, sec- onded by Mr R. O. Roberts, it was decided to support the Cardiff Committee in its endeavours to have the emblems of Wales on the new coinage and the Royal Stan- dard. There is no truth in the announcement of an imaginative daily paper that the title of Prince of Wales is to be dropped for an indefinite period. The Duke of Cornwall and York (says "Truth") will be created! Prince of Wales as soon as certain formali- ties have been completed. The present King was not gazetted Prince of Wales until a month after his birth, and the Duke of Cornwall and York will require to have new armorial bearings drawn out. This will probably be done by the Earl Marshal's officials, after an order has been received from the Home Secretary, unless the King I grants the new* coat-of-arms to his son by warrant. In 1841 there was a. great deal of trouble and delay because the Queen aad Prince Albert insisted that their eldest son should quarter the arms of Saxony with the Royal Arms of England.

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