Music: Vale

It was a gala night at Covent Garden, London. The King was there, so were the Queen with the old Dowager Countess of Minto, the Duke and the Duchess of Beaufort, he who was King Manuel and she who was Queen Augusta of Portugal, Prince Chichibu of Japan and a hundred other folk whom people jostle through crowds to glimpse. But it was not for the King or for the Queen that common folk had stood, many of them, some 20 hours in line, not for them especially that Covent Garden had preened...

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