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Date: Sunday, June 22, 1958
Place: London
Weather: Rainy as usual!

Got up and went to 8:00 mass with the girls from St. Mary’s. Came back and went up to get Mynie for breakfast. While I was eating Mrs. P brought me a real sweet letter from dad, and a letter from Christian, my Frenchman. (No further explanation of how Judy knows Christian, though he shows up later in the diary.)

Alan came at 11:00 and we took Sue with us. First we went to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Works.

It was certainly interesting – the figures looked real and the chamber of horrors was quite scary. There was a huge crowd there and we had fun laughing at ourselves in those crazy mirrors in the fun room!

We stopped at an English servicemen’s club for a beer with lime in it (different!) then to the Tower of London to look at the crown jewels, and then to Bunjies for huge plates of spaghetti.

We got back to the hotel around 9:30 and I wrote some post-cards and letters to mom and Bill. Sue and I went over across the street to have some ice-cream and then up to visit Harry and J.M. who had food-poisoning. (Angels of Mercy?)

The Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels. Image courtesy of Becky Tappin via a Creative Commons license

The Crown Jewels are part of the Royal Collection and are still regularly used by The Queen during the coronation ceremony and at other formal occasions. The collection of ceremonial and symbolic objects includes crowns, sceptres, orbs, and swords.

Until 1649, this collection was kept at Westminster Abbey. Today, the Crown Jewels are housed in the Jewel House at the Tower of London. Almost everything in the Jewel House was made after 1660.

The Sovereign’s Sceptre with the Cross was created in 1661. In 1910, it was redesigned to incorporate the Cullinan I diamond. Weighing in at over 530 carats, this is the largest cut colorless diamond in the world.

Lager and Lime

A refreshing summer drink, lager and lime is just what it says it is. Add a shot of lime cordial (a sweetened, concentrated lime juice such as Rose’s Lime Juice) to a full glass of lager. Light and delicious!

“Lager and lime” is also Cockney rhyming slang for “time”.


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