To which King Neptune replied:-
"Accept our grateful thanks for the way we've been received,
The joy of our Court, when they saw you approach, should be seen to be believed.
I have brought all my doctors and barbers and bears to apply the traditional rights,
So I'm sure we shall have an enjoyable day, with some really remarkable sights.
We're especially happy to come on board and meet your King and Queen,
Old friends who now for twenty years, alas, we have not seen."
Neptune then paused and stated:-
"Old as my Court and Kingdom are, a thorough search has shown
That no monarch ever troubled in the past to leave his throne
To come and visit Neptune in his realm of salty waters;
Yet here we have King George, His Queen, and both His Charming Daughters.
And now, dear Sir, you know the way, I hope you'll come again,
For we're always pleased to welcome you throughout our whole domain."
Here the Court applauded loudly.
"Now before we get to aquatic events, with the rites and initiations,
I should like to confer, if I may, my dear Sir, a few orders and decorations.
The first award I shall bestow is for your Queen and King,
They're very often travelling, so I've brought them just the thing;
It's exactly what we think you need for voyages overseas
An equatorial contract, which will take you where you please."