21 NOVEMBER 1908, Page 18

The King and Queen of Sweden were entertained at a

banquet at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening. In the course of his speech of welcome King Edward remarked :— "Our two countries have always had so much in common in regard to our liberal institutions, our love of the sea, and our industries, especially the agricultural industry." These worda are a good example of the King's happy choice of language that gives a warm and intimate touch to his speeches without bordering in the slightest degree on the region of indiscretion. They show that it is passible to be very friendly without saying anything which a Constitutional Sovereign should not say, and which, if ever it were said, would do more harm to the Monarchy in England than in most countries. The King of Sweden replied for himself and the Queen of Sweden that they had been "quite overwhelmed" by their "splendid reception." There had always been a "lively intercourse" between the British and Swedish peoples "in industry and commerce, in science and thought, in art and literature," and it was his earnest hope and ardent desire that these relations might grow even stronger. On Wednes- day the King and Queen of Sweden were entertained at • luncheon in the Guildhall, and had a very hearty welcome when driving through the streets.