"It bores me," pouted a languid lady of Mayfair. "If it were somebody else's wedding, maybe I'd be as excited as the Americans seem to be. But it's the Royal Family and it bores me." A London cook and waitress politely declined a proffered holiday to celebrate the great event. "We'll go if you think we should, Madam," they told their American mistress. There were other Britons as apathetic, and some were downright resentful at the gushers of news concerning the wedding.

Househunters huffed loudly when Philip and Elizabeth were given huge Clarence House, once the London home of Queen...

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