Great Britain: War of Succession

Compelled by sympathy and the necessity of the moment, Britain's Queen reversed the customary ritual. Instead of waiting for her retiring Prime Minister to call upon her and advise her of his choice as a successor, Elizabeth II rode across London to King Edward VII Hospital. There, in a peacock-green coat and matching hat, she sat in an armchair facing the high, white hospital bed. Harold Macmillan, recuperating from his prostate operation and cranked up to a sitting position, wore blue and white pajamas. In such unlikely surroundings Elizabeth received Macmillan's even...

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