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We live in an age of growing self-indulgence, of hardening materialism and of falling moral standards … When we see around us the havoc which has been wrought, above all among the children, by the breakup of homes, we can have no doubt that divorce and separation are responsible for some of the darkest evils in our society today… A child learns by example … We surely cannot expect our children to do what we are too lazy and too indifferent to do ourselves.

from a speech given by Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, 31 October 1949.

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