The Old Store

A long black-and-green Daimler, sporting the British royal crest on its radiator, drew up to a doorway on London's Basil Street one day last week. Out stepped a silver-haired lady in a flowered saucepan hat, to stride regally through the swinging doors. It was the 100th birthday of Harrods, one of the world's great department stores, and 81-year-old Queen Mary, a customer for more than 40 years, thought it a proper time to drop in.*

Her Majesty browsed around for an hour, while other shoppers politely made way, then left without buying anything. But...

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