SPAIN: Reunion In Madrid

Madrid society was all aflutter over the gala season that lay just ahead. Balenciaga, Rodriguez and other select dressmakers had fallen two months behind in deliveries. Printers had run short of cards for engraved invitations. Property owners had jammed the classified ads with offers of "apartments suitable for diplomats." After four years of boycott, some Western nations had sent ambassadors to the government of Dictator Francisco Franco.

Belgium's Prince de Ligne, in a gilded coach flanked by Moorish lancers, was the first to ride to the royal palace and present credentials. The...

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