World: The Squire of Grosvenor Square

IN the cool, punctilious world of international diplomacy, style is a key element, and nowhere more so than at the protocol-conscious Court of St. James's. When he served as U.S. Ambassador to Britain from 1961 to 1969, David K.E. Bruce was the very model of a professional diplomat: suave, brilliant and unusually well qualified. His successor in the Grosvenor Square embassy, the wealthy Philadelphia publisher and Nixon crony Walter H. Annenberg, is not.

Harddriving, conservative and blunt, Annenberg, 61, suffers from periodic attacks of foot-in-mouth disease. In London, where verbal agility is an...

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