Europe: Better Late Than Never

For weeks, Hausfrauen all over West Germany have been practicing Hofknickse (curtsies). At the Munich mint, eight gold commemorative coins had been struck; a Cologne record company brought out The Queen Elizabeth Foxtrot. In Bonn, 15,000 champagne glasses were ordered, and mobile lavatories were trundled in from Cologne for a state reception for 2,500 at Augustusburg Castle. It was all part of the feverish preparations for the eleven-day, 1,200-mile tour by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of ten West German cities, the first state visit by a reigning British monarch...