A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 3, 1981

One major story can be enough to test the resourcefulness of any TIME bureau. But in the past four weeks TIME'S London bureau has had to cope with the formidable challenge of covering two simultaneous headline developments: the accelerating preparations for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and the sudden outbreak of rioting in England's industrial cities. The task required an ability to change mood, location and even clothes at a moment's notice. Within hours, Correspondent James Shepherd shifted from tracking rioters in London neighborhoods to chatting amiably with Prince Charles' tailor for this week's cover story on...

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