It’s just not done.
Our King, George V, 58, and his lovely wife, Queen Mary, 55, dining in a private home?! Even if the home is in St. James’s Square. It’s not the same as entertaining His Majesty at your country pile for tea or a weekend. That’s perfectly fine. But in a London home?!
No. 4 St. James’s Square
But what can you expect from two Americans? Even if they are the Second Viscount and Viscountess Astor, Lord Waldorf, 43, and Lady Nancy, also 43.
Particularly her. An MP! Well, she’s not the first woman to be elected to the British Parliament. That was Constance Markievicz, 55, but she’s Irish and you know how they are. Refusing to take their seats and all that.
Oh, but Lady Astor definitely took her seat—the one previously held by her husband, until he ascended to the House of Lords so had to give it up.
And she hasn’t sat there quietly like a decent lady should. She actually introduced a bill that will be voted on tomorrow. It probably is a good idea to raise the minimum age for children to be allowed to drink alcohol. But still.
Inviting the King and Queen to your own home?! Even if the purpose is to have a business meeting with labor union executives. What on earth will happen next?!
Cartoon of Lady Astor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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