BRITAIN: The Princess and the Dragoon

Once upon a time, princesses automatically married princes or other noblemen, as surely as knights rescued damsels in distress. Not any more — not even British princesses. Last week, Buckingham Palace announced "with the greatest pleasure" the engagement of Queen Elizabeth's only daughter, Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, 22, to Lieut. Mark Phillips, 24, a hand some commoner in the Queen's Dragoon Guards.

Anne had prepared Britons for the possibility of a nonroyal match from the time she grew into long-legged womanhood. "Princesses are getting a bit short on the [marriage] market," she once noted. "I'll soon be next, but...

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