Books: Royal Square

QUEEN MARY (654 pp.)—James Pope-Hennessy—Knopf ($10).

Before King George III lost his reason and 13 colonies, he fathered 15 children.

One great-granddaughter lived to present a silver gilt cup, once the property of poor mad George, to her great-grandchild—Prince Charles, present heir to the throne of England. She thus placed herself dead center in that huge tract of time between Saratoga and V-E day. Born Victoria Mary of Teck in 1867, she was called "May" by her family, and she is known to recent memory as Queen Mary, wife of George V, her second cousin once removed. With her pastel parasols, tailored suits...

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