Texas: King-Size Welcome

King-Size Welcome

Nothing was to be too grand for Texas' 150th birthday, not even a visit from the Prince of Wales. And so there stood Charles last week, biting into his first taco, cutting a slice from a 90,000-lb. sesquicentennial birthday cake and receiving an 18-inch ceremonial gavel from the state legislature. The gavel, he said, was "the biggest I've ever had, which is entirely appropriate because it comes from Texas."

During his five-day stay, the Prince met Governor Mark White, toured a San Antonio urban renewal project, and visited the battlefield where General Sam Houston won Texas' independence from Mexico. He also...

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