A bread & butter note was penned, last week, by the slightly rheumatic hand of His Majesty George V, King-Emperor, Defender of the Faith.
The note began "My dear Portland" and ended:
"Believe me, very sincerely yours,
"George R. I."
The note was dutifully due because Their Majesties had just been the house guests, at historic Welbeck Abbey, of William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland, Earl of Portland, and onetime Master of the Horse to His Majesty.
A very old and broken-down horse attracted the attention of Winifred, Duchess of Portland, in London some months ago. Touched by the creature's piteous air,...