Customs: The Wedding in New Canaan

Once upon a time in modern Elizabethan England, there lived a hereditary lord named Harewood. He was dashing and ruggedly handsome, and he was seventh in a line of Yorkshire earls whose title went back to 1812. His mother was the Princess Royal, and he had two uncles who were former kings; the present Queen was his first cousin, and he himself was 18th in the line of succession to the throne.

By royal standards, the lord was somewhat unorthodox. As a young man, he met and married a part-Jewish, Austrian-born pianist. Nor...

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