GREAT BRITAIN: Bombs & Booms for the Queen

Out to see her new realm, and to be seen by it, Queen Elizabeth II last week paid her first queenly social call on Northern Ireland. In a green dress and tight-fitting hat, she drove into loyal Belfast (pop. 450,000) to show herself to the 1,370,000 Northern Irish.

There were cheers from thousands, and Orangemen toasted their Queen's coming in gallons of frothy stout, the national elixir. The Queen and husband Philip spent the night at Government House, watched the traditional lambeg drummers lambasting their three-foot drums with ferocious, stout-filled glee. Eventually, they gave Elizabeth a headache, and Sir Basil Brooke,...

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