THE CAPITAL: Better Than Helen Hayes

At the Blair House dinner for Great Britain's Princess Elizabeth last week, President Harry Truman rose, looked down with a smile at his small, resplendent royal guest and voiced a thought which would probably not have occurred to any other head of state. "When I was a little boy," he said, "I read about a fairy princess." Then, with a gallant wave of his hand, he added, "And there she is."

Washington's citizenry, which had been brought up on an American diet of fairy princesses too, seemed to feel the same way about Elizabeth's 45-hour visit to the capital. The city...

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