Originally published May 24, 1939
Like every city, town, village and hamlet in the Kingdom of Canada, more familiarly known as our Dominion, Virden is peopled with citizens who are proud of their British heritage - many by birth, many by adoption through their own free choice. All join with one accord in extending a grateful, happy welcome to their King and Queen on this occasion when they set a new precedent by paying a Royal Visit to their Kingdom Beyond the Sea.
Many have already had the honor and pleasure of paying loyal tribute to this man and woman whom destiny has chosen to reign over the greatest Empire the world has seen. Millions more of our Canadian citizens are anxiously waiting to have their part in the reception and welcome which will continue to be warmhearted and enthusiastic as the Royal Visitors pass from the Atlantic to the Pacific across Canada.
This tribute is loyal and sincere, with no possible hope of reward other than the possibility of seeing Their Gracious Majesties, it may be for only an instant, that they may add their cheers to those of citizens in other parts of our country.
The farmers and the townspeople of this community, whatever their station in life, wish their King and Queen to know that they are grateful to Divine Providence for placing the head of our Empire representatives who are as human as the most lowly subject, sympathetic, kindly and thoughtful for others, and at the same time regal in bearing and attitude. Our people, with sincere devotion, voice the prayer “God Save and Bless Our King, his Queen and their two lovely daughters.