BECHUANALAND: For Throne & Love

Not since Edward VIII gave up his throne for Wally Simpson had society anywhere suffered a comparable constitutional crisis. All week long, under giant camelthorn trees at Serowe, thatched-hut capital of the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland in South Africa, the tar-black chieftains of the Bamangwato tribe pondered and palavered.

Their lineal chief, strapping, handsome, Oxford-trained Seretse Khama, 27, sat among them as they weighed his choice for wife & queen. While studying law in England, Seretse had married Ruth Williams, 24, a fair-haired London typist. By Bamangwato custom the Chief may wed only with the consent of tribal elders. Seretse...

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