The Press: Charmer to the King

Captain Lewis Anselm Ritchie, R.N., was really nervous last week. The small (5 ft. 4 in.), one-eyed, tidy 58-year-oldster had caught hell at Narvik, Dunkirk, Crete, had been torpedoed twice. But his new assignment was, in a way, worse. He was to be press secretary to Britain's royal family. And his first job was to humanize Princess Elizabeth in the eyes of the Empire (and incidentally of the U.S.).

King George VI was not pleased with the public's lukewarm, if friendly, reception of Elizabeth at her coming of age (TIME, April 24). The press...

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