GREAT BRITAIN: A Bit Near the Bone

—I asked the Duke where he wanted the bed. He chuckled: "You don't think I'm sleeping in this, do you?" He pointed to the Queen's room, and said: "That's where I sleep."

—The Queen sleeps in a huge Victorian bed which is 7 ft. 6 in. wide. Her mattress is old and tightly packed with horsehair.

—The Queen never bought anything new if something old could be repaired.

—For years, as Princess Elizabeth, she never had a bathroom of her own. When a bath was installed for her, the bath was so pokey that she had to climb into it from the...

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