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Queen Victoria's speech opening Parliament includes British concern over the United States situation

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02/05/1861
The British Parliament opened with the Queen's Speech in which Queen Victoria, speaking for her government, expressed gratitude for the reception her son received in North America.  She then expressed deep regret that differences were dividing the United States saying it was "impossible for me not to look with great concern upon any events which can affect the happiness and welfare of a people nearly allied to my subjects by descent, and closely connected with them by the most intimate and friendly relations."  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 4.

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