GREAT BRITAIN: The Reflex

"Unthinkable!" one London newspaper called it when the rumor first popped up a month ago. But last week, only a few days before her third child was expected, Queen Elizabeth II announced her "will and pleasure" to the Privy Council that certain of her descendants, not in line for the throne, be permitted to bear the name of her husband's house as well as of her own. By the intricate provisions of the royal declaration, Britain would not see a Mountbatten-Windsor for three generations, but that did not make the change of...

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