Buckingham Palace: 18 Rms, No Royal Vu

Buckingham bric-a-brac: a tourist finds Rubens, a suburban throne, electric heaters and mints

The opening of Buckingham Palace to paying tourists this month at 8 pounds ($12) a head hasn't quite lived up to its advance publicity; what does, these days? The mere possession of a ticket, raved the New York Times last June, "will have the magical properties of fairy gold . . . ((It)) will turn frog into prince and frump into Circe." This frog joined the queue for tickets in Pall Mall last week.

8 a.m. Already about 400 other frogs (many of them English ones, heavily reinforced with Japanese and Americans) are in the queue; the earliest ones, real frogs...

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