GREAT BRITAIN: One of Those Things

Tall, ash-blonde, Vassar-grad Letitia Baldridge, daughter of Nebraska's ex-Congressman Malcolm Baldridge, was worried. Rain (always a possibility in London) would absolutely ruin her navy blue straw with velvet ribbons and the grey silk print she had bought in Paris. Then, too, there was the devastating possibility that a member of the Royal Family might speak to her. "I just hope to goodness," said Tish, "that I haven't a plate of food in my hand if I have to curtsy."

She needn't have fretted on either count. The sun shone brightly over Buckingham Palace for their Majesties' second presentation garden party of...

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