Parliament convened last week, but with out the pomp of untroubled times. There was no royal coach, no scarlet-clad outriders for vanguard, no cheering crowds along St. James's Park. George VI and Queen Elizabeth drove from Buckingham to the Houses of Parliament in an automobile, quickly and almost unnoticed. There were no royal robes. The King wore the blue of an admiral, the Queen wore a royal purple street ensemble. The peers were in morning coats or uniforms and peeresses were not even present.

The King, with the Queen's hand in his, led...

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