In the enforced secrecy of the last three months, Britain's Princess Elizabeth had grown sullen and snappish from yearning to tell the neighbors all about Philip. Last week she was smiling radiantly as garden party guests clustered near her, hoping for a glimpse of her ring. "It's like turning a page in a book," she said.

The Cousin. Lieut. Mountbatten had not always seemed so important to his royal cousin. When Elizabeth first met him at a Palace luncheon given by her grandparents, she was six. Reports say that she was not visibly...

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