July 30, 1914: Queen Alexandra’s telegram to Shackleton and the men of the Endurance

–quoted from the Queen’s telegram–

“I am anxious to tell you how much I am thinking of you and the officers and men of the British Antarctic [that is, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic] Expedition upon the eve of your departure from England. I know that it must be a sad parting for all of you who are leaving their nearest and dearest but we shall follow you with our thoughts and I pray that the Almighty will have you in his gracious keeping and will guide and guard you through hardships and perils. Wish you from my heart all possible success godspeed and a safe return. Alexandra”

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