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They wrote it this week: Two drooping stars, one plastic surgeon. Oh dear

Extracts from diaries and letters written between June 15 and June 21

Journalist

June 15

1957, Copenhagen

[Pope-Hennessy, for his biography of Queen Mary, was conducting a bibulous interview with her cousin by marriage, Prince Axel of Denmark.] We slumped at a table in the hall. “And now you shall have a cigarette,” said Prince Axel kindly, taking out his silver cigarette case. “And two dry martinis,” he added to the obsequious waiter: “driest of dry, please.” These were served up in goblets. We began to talk about the sea. He told me all about his work with the East Asiatic Company and much else. “Two more dry martinis, please.” “But, Sir, I shall get tight.” “Oh no you won’t. I shall look after you, put yourself in my hands. Just do what I say. We shall begin lunch with sardines – always remember this for the rest of your life – EAT SARDINES – the oil, you see. I get through every cocktail party from New York to Saigon ON SARDINES. I tell this always to the new boys at the East Asiatic Company – they ALL EAT SARDINES.”..

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