Sunday, July 22, 2007

Priory for Wales

Although it pains me to mention the royal family on this blog I do really like this Cardiff Times newspaper photograph.

It was taken in 1933 and shows Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) in the Lord Mayor's Parlour at the City Hall, Cardiff. He's in the star gown on the far left.

He was attending some function of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem Priory for Wales. The organisation had a branch in Cardiff of which Edward was Grand Prior. Although an entirely reputable body in every photograph I've seen of them they appear incredibly masonic. The above picture is no exception and the words "funny" "handshake" and "brigade" immediately spring to mind.

Incidentally 1933 was a significant year for Edward. His friendship with American socialite Wallis Simpson was blossoming into a sexual relationship that would eventually lead to the abdication crisis of 1936.

1933 was also the year Hitler came to power in Germany and it's worth remembering Edward was a Nazi sympathiser. Some interesting moustaches in this picture too, I notice.