THE COMMONWEALTH: Down Under Up There

The atmosphere at Windsor Castle could have been, to say the least, a little strained. As house guests for the night, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had invited Australia's forceful, independent-minded Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, and his equally outspoken wife Margaret (TIME, March 26). It was the Queen's first encounter with Whitlam since he was elected last December on a mandate that included snipping some of Australia's ties to both the monarchy and the mother country.

As it turned out, the get-together was as easygoing as a barbecue in the Outback. The...

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