GREAT BRITAIN: The Old Curiosity Shop

Opening the fourth session of Britain's 300th Parliament last week, Queen Elizabeth II for the first time delivered her Speech from the Throne under the beady eye of the television camera. In Britain itself at least 12 million of her subjects were watching; in nine other European countries uncounted lovers of pageantry took in the spectacle.

The decision to televise the Gracious Speech had caused heartburn among Laborites. who feared that some of the Queen's prestige might rub off on the governing Tory Party. The pallid words that Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's...

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