Music: Minuet for Lilibet

George Mahon is a 30-year-old songwriter from Glasgow who cannot read music. But he can hum a tune and rhyme a verse, and a month ago he hummed into a recording machine, packed the record and a verse to go with it off to a publisher. Adele England, creator of steps for the Lambeth Walk, which swept England in 1938, heard it and devised a courtly old-world dance to match.

This week London debutantes were rushing off to their dancing academies to learn the new Royal Minuet, prepared as "a tribute to H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her 21st birthday."...

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