Great Britain: They're Off!

Roused by the skirling reveille of the Queen's Own Piper, overnight guest Sir Alec Douglas-Home breakfasted alone in his Balmoral Castle suite overlooking Scotland's swift-running River Dee, then went downstairs to wait upon his sovereign. Promptly at 10, Queen Elizabeth, trailed by two Welsh Corgis, entered the salon. The Tory Prime Minister bowed and presented the commission that Britain has been awaiting these many months: that the present Parliament be dissolved by proclamation and a new Parliament be elected on Thursday, Oct. 15.

For some, the wait has been longer than for...

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