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MONDAY, MAY 11, 1953 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THRE1 ELIZABETH By Marion Crawford farm* fttvnwn to Hit M&a? CHAPTER 3 Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1948, wa a cold, crisp day. I woke wil some excitement and lay In in accustomed way, letting my eye rove over the room for a litt] while. Outside the birds were very ac tlve, their chirps forming a BOI of descant to the deeper rumbl of the traffic passing along Ken sington High Street. It was the morning of Princ Charles's christening day. George and I had received special invitation, personal! passed to us by the Master of tli Household. This was a great hon or. The occasion was to be so per sonal that 1 no printed invitation were issued. It was to be "family 1 only. The Invitations told us to com for three o'clock. Then came an other message postponing it by half an hour. The Royal Family were to havi a family lunch party and thej feared it might continue a little longer than they had anticipated They did not want to keep anyone waiting. Normally I would enter the Pal ace by the Privy Purse door which lies at Jhe right-hand cor ner of the building as you look at it from the Mall. But this was a 'f <»** mi PDIHTIOI HALL IMC DIITHICUTIO IT «I» ' special occasion, and we were driven right through one of the center arches into the Inner Court. A footman, clad in scarlet coal and white silk knee breeches, came down the few steps from the Grand Entrance and opened the car door. He gave us a pleasant smile of greeting, and then directed the chauffeur where to leave the car. At garden parties or other functions there are so many cars that they have to drop their passengers and then wait outside along the Mall, from which they are BUm- moned by loud-speaker. But there was no such crush this afternoon, and our car was allowed to wait in the Inner Court. The Grand Hall with Its crimson carpet and impressive statues is an imposing place. That afternoon it was lined with footmen in the same splendid panoply as those at the door. I rather regretted that their powdered wigs had been abandoned before my time at the Palace. Instead, the footmen now : appear in their uniform with their hair caked with flour. I often used to wonder how this was done without also sprinkling their uniforms. One pictures them putting their heads through a kind of stock | which fits closely round their n^cks, while a comrade dabs them C"refully with a powder puff. It must be a difficult operation, and Princess Alexandra, daughter of the late Duke and the Duchess of Kent and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, Is shown with her brother Prince Michael. Princess Alexandra, "a sprightly, charmins child," was a bridesmaid at Queen Elizabeth's wedding, her brother a page. , messy to remove. We marched along the Grand Hall and up the wide staircase, ivhere we were met by General Sir Frederick Browning. He smiled at us pleasantly. "The Queen wants everyone to go in and sit down," he said. "There Is o be no fuss. Everything is to be is simple as possible." Sir Frederick Browning showed is_into the Gold and Silver Music Ro'om. It was a place we had often used for dancing classes when the Mncesses were small. It has a" leautiful parquet floor upon which he troupe of little girls would pir- uette with rocky enthusiasm. I remember that one day Sir Hill Child, then Master of the Household, came up to me after ousehold lunch. 'I suppose .you know, Miss "Tawford," he began, "that the ancing lessons are ruining the oor in the Music Room? The par- uets are springing up all over the lace." After that we had to find some- r here else to practice. When the Archbishop of Canter- ury came in, we all stood up. We eemed to remain like that for a iry long time. Then he smiled nd said, "I think you had better "1 sit down." Presently the Royal Family entered, led by the King and Queen. We all stood up again and watched them file to their seats in front of us, closely followed by Sister Howe carrying the baby. It was so' nice to hear, as she passed, that same comJorting rustle from her apron. I was concerned when the Archbishop took the baby in the crook of his arm. It seemed a very un- s a f e place, as tf the slightest movement would dislodge the baby. But throughout the ceremony, Prince Charles—as he became then—lay quiet as a mouse. Even when the Archbishop poured three ve.ry ample shellfuls of water over the baby's head the Prince did not murmur. Afterward there was a reception in one of the large drawing rooms next door. It was nice to see several of the old retainers, including the King's nannie, who had been specially invited. The actual christening, which was most moving, had been small, intimate affair. But there must have been two or three hundred people at the reception. Sister Rowe carried the baby round for everyone to see. We stood by the fire, for the day was cold, talking to young Princess Alexandra, daughter o£ the Duchess of Kent. She is a sprightly, charming child, with a personality which will certainly make its mark. We also spoke with the Archbishop. I told him of my fear that he might drop the baby. "You needn't have been worried," he said genially. "I'm an old hand at christenings. I once did nine in one afternoon, and not a casualty among them." (To Be Continued) By RICHARD KLEINER NBA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK—(NEA) — What's a recording session like? Come on along to the big RCA-Vlctor studio, hard by the clattering Third Avenue El, and watch. Sunny Gale is recording .'Send My Baby Back to.Me." Henri Rene and a pickup band back her up. RCA recording director Hy Grill Is at the controls, with two recording engineers in the next booth. A sprinkling ol unexplained hangers- on stand around, snapping fingers and looking important. It Is 2 p. m. The musicians are rehearing thefr parts. Rene dances around, batonless, gesturing to demonstrate the leeling he wants his men to get. Yellow-haired Miss Gale is o(T to one side, singing to herself. The engineers are checking the things engineers check. It is 2:30. The four mikes are set, and the delicate process of "balancing" — getting each section of the band at the right distance from the mike — begins. Grill works hard, especially with the rhythm section. "Back on, Billy," he tells the guitarist. "A little less on the cymbals, Jack, he tells the drummer. "You're Dooming," he tells the bass man. It is 2:45. "Sunny, on mike," Grill calls. Miss Gale goes to her spot, behind a big, sound-deadening, plywood-and-insulation baffle. The red light signaling the tape is rolling, flashes on. "B 3 BB 1093, Take A, the engineer reads into his mike. They play it through. 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