Foreign News: All Over

A chill rain spread gloom over Lydd airport one morning last week as Group Captain Peter Townsend oversaw the loading of his green Renault sedan aboard an air freighter. Curious sightseers huddled near by, but the airman had no last words for them, not even a farewell wave of the hand as he himself climbed aboard the plane. A half hour later he was gone from

England, bound for his air attache post in Brussels. The romance was over.

All over Britain were heard voices raised in admiration for 25-year-old Princess Margaret's decision to choose duty over love;* others felt only immense sympathy...

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