For many years public speaking has been a torture to the stuttering Duke of York. Well known is the fact that in order to avoid saying "K-K-K-King" at moments of state he habitually refers to his father as "His Majesty." Specialists, remembering the Duke's extreme shyness as a child, have for years treated his stuttering psychologically, as caused by nervousness. The treatments were unavailing, His Royal Highness continued to splutter.

The Duke's impeded speech was brought painfully to public attention at the Wembley Exposition of 1925. Standing before a battery of...

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