Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Queen Alexandra heads for the beer hall

July 21, 1906

By direct wire to the Los Angeles Times in an exclusive dispatch. The British court and British society "are becoming democratic in their diversions." This was evident at Earl's Court the other day when Queen Alexandra came with her nephew, Crown Prince Constantine of Greece and his wife, Sophie; her friends, the Duchess of Portland, lady de Gray and Miss Charlotte Knollys, and for escorts, Count Mensdorff, the Austrian Minister, and King Edward's friend, the Marquise de Soveral, the Portuguese Minister.
The Duchess of Marlborough also joined the party, and "others of the court set were seen to be having a thoroughly hilarious evening in a beer hall, in the thick of the beer drinking crowd, imbibing to their hearts' content and joining in the chorus of the latest comic songs."

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