ITALY: Practical Prince

Having less to do than other men, most Kings & Crown Princes are practical jokers. Thus Edward of Wales once sat down on the Royal Spanish "squirt bench," was soused by streams of water from concealed nozzles (TIME, May 30, 1927). Recently Naples learned of an elaborate joke which Crown Prince Umberto has been playing off & on at night ever since he and his Belgian-born Crown Princess moved into their ancient but gorgeously refurbished palace overlooking Naples' blue bay.

As even Italians know, Her Royal Highness and His Royal Highness got...

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