People, Jun. 20, 1960

Outside of the royal family, the only person in the British Commonwealth who rates being addressed as Her Majesty is Salote, the 6-ft. 3-in., 280-lb. Queen of the Tonga. Last week Her Majesty, 60, winged in from her Polynesian archipelago to Sydney, Australia, to have a historical ball in that city's famed Cape Mitchell Library. Her scholarly project was to fill in the gaps in Tonga's archives. She pored over papers dating back to 1797, examined the journals of Circumnavigator James Cook, who first saw Tonga in 1773, duly noted that Explorer Abel Tasman, discoverer of Tasmania, had paid a...

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