BRITAIN: Romp and Circumstance

A birthday bash for the Queen Mum at 80

A flight of ten R.A.F. Red Arrows jets streaked across the sky in a perfect E, for Elizabeth, formation. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti warbled Happy Birthday over champagne at a cozy luncheon. At Covent Garden, Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov leaped through the air in a new ballet created in her honor. Bonfires glowed on the Kent and Sussex coasts. Cannon boomed from the Tower of London.

The cause of all the jubilation was the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who was reluctant for her...

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