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Victoria ruled, Alexandra dazzled, Mary keeps house and home. George V has said: "You know, among ourselves—in the family, I mean—we never speak of 'Buckingham Palace'; we always call it 'home.' "

Compared to Mary the late great Victoria was a spendthrift. The present Queen Empress is the most economical housekeeper Buckingham Palace has ever had. She has cut the twelve-course Royal dinners which were standard before the War down to five courses. When that august Court functionary Sir Derek Keppel at first protested, Her...

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