AUSTRALIA: Here Comes the Queen

To visiting Queen Elizabeth and her entourage, New Zealand was dignified, orderly, altogether like home. Australia, 1,000 miles to the west, was—altogether different.

A million goggling Aussies whooped it up on the shore as the royal liner Gothic steamed into Sydney harbor. There were 1,000 private yachts, several Australian warships, scores of sightseeing steamers, and a school of hot-rod speedboats driven by cheering teenagers, who seemed more eager to swamp the police boats than to welcome their Queen. Cannon roared; sirens blew; wave after wave of fighter aircraft swooped low over the...

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