The Press: Palace Pressagents

For Captain Lewis Anselmo da Costa Ritchie, the British Royal Family's business and pleasures were a frightful strain. The press sometimes felt the strain too. All the newsmen on the Palace beat agreed that Captain Ritchie, Their Majesties' only press-relations officer, was a decent chap, but he never knew just what to do. Ritchie is a retired naval supply officer who moved into his Buckingham Palace job in 1944 untouched by previous contacts with the press. His office was always ready to answer queries about royal events—so long as they involved nothing more arduous than conveying questions to a royal secretary.

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