Friday, 20 April 2012

Week of 4 February 1952

Wednesday, 6 February

47 Hamilton Terrace

Bet slept here

Bet arrived just about noon just to leave her luggage before going on to lunch with Roddy. She came back for a late tea.

A terrible shock to hear of the King's death this morning. Princess Elizabeth is flying home immediately from Kenya.

Thursday, 7 February

Bet slept here

Bet went off before lunch to inspect a Catholic school (the Crusaders), near Bordon. She got back about 7 o'clock. In the evening we heard via Hester that peter had got pneumonia. Bet rang up Troughend and heard that all was going well. Princess Elizabeth, the new queen, arrived home.

Friday, 8 February

Bet slept here

Bet went to St James' Palace to hear the Accession Proclamation, and then on to lunch with Kemball Johnson. Later, I met her at Warner's cinema to see The African Queen. A very good picture.

I got a good reference of Clara Weekes today and have engaged her to succeed Dora. We rang up Troughend and had a reassuring report of Peter. A doctor had been and found him better.

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