British Commonwealth of Nations: Courts Imperial

There was a nagging drizzle from the dull skies of a late and soggy London afternoon. Hundreds of smart motors idled in a line extending from Admiralty Arch to the gates of Buckingham Palace, which were locked. For rather more than an hour sopping but irrepressible plebeians wandered up and down the sidewalks of Pall Mall commenting audibly upon the personal appearance and regalia of helplessly belimousined princes,* peers, ambassadors, dowagers and débutantes. Finally at 8:30 p.m. the gates of Buckingham swung open. Exhaling sighs of relief,...

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