People, Sep. 28, 1959

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Monaco's palace journal carried a special proclamation: In the event of the death of Prince Rainier III, "the regency belongs fully to" Princess Grace, who would rule until her son Albert reaches his 21st birthday. If Princess Grace were to remarry, she would default the regency to a four-man state council.

Looking for all the world like the winning and losing candidates for president of the Garden Club, Hollywood Columnists Hedda Hopper (beaming) and Louella Parsons (scowling) turned up at a party, stood for a rare photograph.

All summer long the Japanese imperial household refused to budge from the cautious communique that Crown Princess Michiko was "believed to be in a felicitous condition.'' Last week the imperial household finally confirmed the good news. A royal baby is due late this winter, and Michiko will soon be wearing the footwide, multipleated maternity belt that all Japanese women don on the first Day of the Dog in the fifth month of pregnancy.* Meanwhile, she improved her French and English, studied calligraphy and wrote poems, made tradition-breaking plans to raise her own baby; from the age of three weeks her husband, Crown Prince Akihito, seldom saw his parents, was raised in a separate palace.

Aweigh from the Pentagon. Admiral Arleigh ("31-Knot") Burke, who recently started an unprecedented third two-year term as Chief of Naval Operations, spent two days in Mexico, participated in the celebration of Mexico's Independence Day, received the Mexican navy's Decoration of Special Merit.

Her white satin dress was so tight that Genevieve could not make a graceful exit. Road-showing in Cole Porter's Can-Can in Toronto, the French singer-comedienne of Jack Paar's TV program had to negotiate a ramp leading out of the tent-theater, arranged to be carried by another member of the cast. With Genevieve in his arms, the fellow tripped and her right leg was fractured in two places. With an attractive 15-week tour in the offing, the show folded.

Completing her commemorative visit to the Hudson Valley (TIME, Sept. 21), The Netherlands' pretty Princess Beatrix became an honorary citizen of Brooklyn,† moved on upriver to visit West Point and Vassar College, stayed a night at Hyde Park as the guest of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. There, she boarded Laurance Rockefeller's yacht Dauntless for a cruise to Albany, led what was locally reported as "the greatest parade in upstate history" celebrating her arrival, and spent the weekend with Governor and Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller. Among the week's souvenirs: ten boxes of apples, a jar of sweet corn, and (from the U.S. Military Academy) a cadet captain, 6 ft. tall, in full-dress uniform with silver saber. Sadly, the cadet captain was made of wax.

* By the Japanese zodiac, days run in cycles of twelve, each with a different symbol. The Day of the Dog is favored for pregnancy belts, because dogs are supposed to give birth easily. Worn as an undergarment wrapped around the abdomen, the belt provides warmth and helps hold the child in position.

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