The first of the parish carol services took place today. Introducing Hark, the herald angels sing, it seemed appropriate to remark that today marked the 80th anniversary of the abdication of King Edward VIII; the theological point being that Christians believed in a king who was eternal. My grandmother, who had vivid memories of the abdication crisis, would recall that people at Christmas 1936 sang:
Hark, the herald angels sing
Mrs Simpson has pinched our king.
(Mrs Simpson’s attraction for the king meant that our Edward VIII coronation mug remains forever …