Two guests were incorrectly identified yesterday in a guest list of those attending a dinner at the British Embassy. They are Karen D. Fuller and Carol Sulzberger.
LEONORE ANNENBERG DOES IT AGAIN!
CURTSIES BEFORE PRINCE!
Four years ago, then-chief-of-protocol Leonore Annenberg, wife of Walter, the former ambassador to the Court of St. James's, greeted Charles, the prince of Wales, with a curtsy, outraging patriotic Americans and igniting fires in the hearts of editorial writers around the country. No American should bend a knee before a foreign ruler, they cried.
Last night, at a British Embassy dinner for the prince and his wife Diana, princess of Wales, Annenberg, now a civilian, approached Charles in the receiving line.
And received a light, princely kiss on the cheek in return.
CHARLES ANALYZES HIS APPEAL!
Toasting the guests at the British Embassy dinner last night, Diana glowing nearby, Charles said, "A gentleman of the press asked me -- rather tactlessly, I thought -- why there was a bigger crowd outside the cathedral than the last time I came here on my own. And the answer, of course, is that they all turned up to see my new clothes -- all the shoes and the shirts and the ties that my wife is credited with having equipped me with over the last four years."
The crowd erupted in a rush of laughter. Diana joined in.
CHARLES CONQUERS JET LAG!
"It's all in the breeding," the prince of Wales quipped yesterday at the National Gallery of Art during his first press conference in years when asked how he fought back travel fatigue.
"Oh, for heaven's sake!" Diana muttered from her perch on a chair behind her husband.
Diana fielded no questions on Day 2 of the royal pilgrimage through Washington, and when Charles was asked what she thought of her visit, he said, "How many of you manage to reply on behalf of your wives on these occasions and then get beaten up afterwards for getting it wrong? I can only say that she has been looking forward to it a great deal, has heard a great deal about the United States . . . and I think has been very favorably impressed."
DIANA LIKED DANCE WITH TRAVOLTA!
Despite his fears of "getting it wrong," Charles did risk commenting on his wife's much-discussed dance with John Travolta at the White House dinner the night before.
"Well, I'm not a glove puppet, so I can't answer that, I'm afraid," he insisted, but then added, "But I think you enjoyed it, didn't you, darling? Be an idiot if she didn't enjoy dancing with John Travolta, wouldn't she?"
The princess nodded.
Observers at the party the night before suggested Diana had indeed enjoyed the dance. The royal couple didn't leave the White House until 12:30, according to the embassy, despite the accumulated effect of a day spent traversing the city. While guest Neil Diamond, a favorite of Diana's and not scheduled to perform, sang "September Morn" and "You Don't Send Me Flowers," the guests danced for more than half an hour. The royals and the Reagans took the first round (Nancy with Charles, Ronald with Diana), followed by the Diana-Travolta performance. The crowd of fewer than 100 artists, dancers, actors and others reportedly stayed off the dance floor and watched.
According to Nancy Reagan's press secretary Elaine Crispen, Diana and Travolta performed something that "was certainly more energetic than a fox trot. I don't know what you'd call it -- rock or whatever." After the party ended, Olympic swimmer Steve Lundquist said that he was too nervous to ask the princess for a dance and added, "She certainly holds her own. John Travolta is a pretty hard guy to butt in on. I would hate to butt in on John Travolta."
Travolta, who also danced with Nancy Reagan, said Diana "was charming. I found her refreshing and down-to-earth."
And her dancing, he said, was "good. She has style and rhythm."
Diana offered no critique of her partner.
The prince also danced with Tom Selleck's girlfriend Jillie Mack.
Crowds, including protesters screaming their support of the Irish Republican Army, gathered outside the White House Saturday night. Throughout yesterday, large crowds continued to greet the pair, who were kept busy with church services, a museum tour, lunch in Upperville at Paul and Bunny Mellon's farm and dinner at the embassy, where they served a fish mousse labeled on the menu as "Terrine 'Charles' " and hazelnut meringue and strawberry mousse labeled "Pudding 'Diana's Delight.' "
Unlike the White House party, which few locals were invited to attend (no members of Congress or cabinet), last night's festivities were pure Washington. Less glitz, more titles. Vice President George Bush, Chief Justice Warren Burger, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Attorney General Edwin Meese, Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, Smithsonian Secretary Robert McC. Adams -- that kind of thing.
Diana and Charles stood with British Ambassador Sir Oliver Wright and his wife Lady Marjory in a receiving line on the upper balcony of the embassy to greet guests, positioned far from the prying ears of reporters. Diana was wrapped in a drop-waisted cream gown with lace bodice and taffeta skirt and matching cream shoes. The dress, designed by Murray Arbeid, had a low-cut scallop-edged back. On her ears were pearl drop earrings, and on her head, the Queen Mary tiara, a pearl and diamond tiara given to her by Queen Elizabeth. The diamonds sparkled in the light and as she shook hands, the pearls on the tiara gently swayed.
Most of the guests moved through the line quickly after a simple royal smile and greeting, but Charles engaged Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes in a longer chat and talked so long with Virginia Gov. Charles Robb and his wife Lynda it caused a brief receiving bottleneck.
When the receiving line was done, all the photographers gathered in the foyer and on the bottom stairs of the staircase and began arranging their cameras in preparation for the Bushes' arrival. Diana, leaning her left hand on the balcony, turned sideways and watched the commotion below, occasionally frowning at what she saw. Whenever she spied the reporters watching her, she immediately dipped her chin and averted her eyes. At one point she grinned and said something to royal press secretary Michael Shea, standing nearby, who then looked down at the photographers and told them, "Just concentrate on what you're doing down there."
Shea said later, "She said it was fascinating watching them all."
Barbara Bush wore a multiple strand pearl necklace and a claret red satin taffeta dress -- no tiara. When the Bushes joined the royal couple for a picture, Diana exchanged words and laughter several times with the vice president.
Later, she was seated with Bush for dinner, in addition to Burger and Treasury Secretary James Baker; Charles joined Shultz, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole and Senate Majority Whip Alan Simpson. Toasts were followed, the embassy said, "by a piper and a performance by the embassy singers."
John Travolta was not in attendance.
In his wide-ranging toast, Charles mentioned that the royal visit had several purposes -- opening the "Treasure Houses of Britain" exhibition was one, of course -- but "above all, to introduce my wife to the U.S. and to introduce her long-lost relatives, where ever they may be."
He spoke of a planned visit to Arlington Cemetery today, of Britain's Remembrance Day marked yesterday, of the importance of a free press, of the battles Britain and the United States shared. He received a standing ovation at the end.
In his response, Bush reminded the prince that "Barbara and I just live next door," and extended a neighborly welcome.
He then told Charles that the Bushes get along well with their neighbors, the Wrights. But there are a few problems.
"He calls every once in a while to complain about the helicopter landing . . . 'It keeps us awake,' he says. And we call to complain about his shirts. They keep us awake."
To laughter from the group, Bush explained that Ambassador Wright had such bright shirts that "they can be seen from the space shuttle."
The vice president then moved on to Lady Wright, referring to her as "the Madonna of Embassy Row" to a somewhat more tentative reaction.
"Washington is a blase' town," Bush said, "used to all kinds of visitors. But your visit has captured the interests of the American people in a unique way and is a tribute to you both" and, he continued, testimony to the good relations between the two countries. At the Mellons'
The most select and secrecy-shrouded event of the day, and in fact the entire visit, was the Mellon lunch for 19. The guest list has been guarded so carefully a leak-troubled government could take lessons. Guests, asked for information, squirmed with unease and begged reporters' pardons.
"They think the less said the better," said National Gallery Director J. Carter Brown, who helicoptered to Upperville with the royals, his wife Pamela Brown, the Wrights, and some staff.
The vehicle was so crowded "Treasure Houses" curator Gervase Jackson-Stops was forced to go by car.
At the farm, guests included Caroline Kennedy, Paul Mellon's daughter Catherine Conover (Sen. John Warner's former wife) and her daughter Mary Warner, Morgan Library Director Charles Ryscamp, Diana's lady-in-waiting Anne Beckwith-Smith and a handful of unnamed others said to be close in age to Charles and Diana.
The group wandered the grounds, visiting the stables and gardens.
"I think everyone had a wonderful time," said Carter Brown, who added he felt Charles and Diana "liked getting out in the countryside. I think the English generally do. I think everyone seemed to have a very relaxed, cozy time." At the Cathedral
Admirers arrived at the Washington Cathedral long before dawn to get in line for admission to services attended by the prince and princess. The half-mile line encircled the Gothic cathedral. By the time Charles read passages from the Book of Isaiah, more than 5,000 people had come to the church in hope of seeing the couple, many of them chanting "Diana! Diana!" About 2,000 got seats; the rest could hear the service over loudspeakers.
They came from Denver, Indianapolis and other exotic places. Some were in town for the Redskins game anyway, but others came only to worship the Lord and, while they were about it, to give the princess a once-over.
The service, an exceptional one scheduled at 10, before the usual eucharist at 11:15, had more festive music than usual, with the state trumpets of the pipe organ getting an uncommon workout and some real trumpets as well, though they were largely lost in the general roar.
The organist and choir director, Richard W. Dirksen, thought it was a good time to sing his own Gloria in Excelsis, which was done. Vice President and Barbara Bush, across the aisle from the royal visitors, chose that canticle to exchange connubial remarks, which was brave of them, since the Gloria was extremely loud and difficult to talk over.
The prince and princess were seated in a pew near the altar, across the aisle from the Bushes and hidden from photographers by one of the cathedral's massive columns, but they were seen to be silent during the service, eyes front.
The prince, who sat, knelt and stood quietly at appropriate times, crossed his arms over his chest to receive the sermon, which was, however, only eight minutes long. The bishop of Washington, the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker, said the prince, as king someday, will become Defender of the Faith (a title conferred by the pope on King Henry VIII before he broke with the pope) and spoke of the responsibility of Christians to be the same. It was a sermon calculated to offend and excite nobody and was well received.
The prince read the first lesson from the Book of Isaiah, one of the wonders of the English Bible, about a peaceable place where the redeemed walk, with everlasting joy upon their heads, and there shall be no lion there. And sure enough, no ravenous beasts were present.
During the sermon, Walker mentioned the excitement surrounding the royal visit and said, "There are moments when one wonders if the prince said, 'All is forgiven, come home.' "
For the people there to see Charles and Diana, it was clear there had never been anything to forgive.
Phyllis Preston of Lansing, Mich., and her mother Judy were close to the front of the line, which started forming at 3:30 a.m.
"For her birthday, I gave her a choice," Judy Preston said, "a trip to Washington for this or a car. She took this."
Along with about 12 friends, 19-year-old Rossana Jacquinto, 19, a student at Trinity College, had arrived with the first, more than five hours before the doors were scheduled to open.
"This is just something spontaneous to do in college," she said. At the National Gallery
A crowd of several hundred waiting for the royal arrival at the National Gallery (almost equal to the number of reporters and camera crews) grew to more than 1,000 during the time Charles and Diana toured the "Treasure Houses of Britain" exhibit, for which they serve as patrons.
The gallery was surrounded by State Department security men and uniformed Washington police officers on motorcyles, on foot, on horses and with dogs on leashes. The dogs were everywhere -- sniffing around the grounds, sniffing through the galleries, sniffing into the crevices of sophisticated camera equipment.
Undeterred by the security, Sylvia Keys, 37, took up her position three hours in advance, bearing a handmade sign ("D.C. Diana") festooned with red, white and blue bunting.
"We're definitely here for Diana, not Charles," said Rosa Barboza, a college student from San Antonio. "If it had been Andrew, that would have been better."
A park police officer was bantering with the waiting crowd. "How many people are here to see Prince Charles? How many of you want free tickets to the Redskins?"
Both questions got negative replies.
"All you're going to see is the Rolls-Royce drive up, then a couple of flashes and then it's all over."
This was, as it turned out, an accurate prediction.
After the couple of flashes, Charles and Diana were inside, met by a receiving line (they are always met by a receiving line) including Ruth Stevenson, wife of National Gallery President John R. Stevenson, who gave Diana a children's book by Maurice Sendak.
Pamela Brown, wife of gallery director Brown, had no presents, but her 2-year-old daughter Elissa presented flowers to Diana and Pamela presented a quick curtsy to the royal couple.
Cameras were positioned to catch the entire journey through the receiving line, but could see little more than royal backs.
"Could you turn this way?" several photographers called out. Charles and Diana -- either unhearing or unheeding -- smiled their way through the line and walked on to their next stop without even blinking sideways at the press.
"When I introduced myself," said Donald E. Petersen, chairman of Ford Motor Co., which underwrote the exhibit, " Prince Charles was very well aware of our sponsorship and he thanked me for it. The princess told me she enjoyed driving her Ford Escort."
Diana drives a red convertible Ford Escort.
"When she first got married, she had a Ford Escort -- a little silver one," said Walter Hayes, vice chairman of Ford Motor Co. in Europe. "The prince gave her a silver frog ornament and she put it on the hood. It was a little joke between them -- you know, the frog that turns into the prince. And she used to drive around London with it. But it got a little too well-known."
Since the talk was of cars, the inevitable question arose. Hayes said that a report that Diana was stopped for speeding is not true -- he said Diana herself told him at the American ambassador's dinner last month for the lenders to the "Treasure Houses" show, where the royal couple danced until 2 in the morning. "She told me quite emphatically she wasn't speeding. She was going at a very respectable speed. She was stopped for something."
Members of the press were positioned throughout the exhibit in order to observe the couple as they appreciated the art. Diana wore what the embassy, in its daily Fashion Release, described as a "cream and dark navy coat dress in wool, worn over a navy and cream striped silk blouse. Designed by the Chelsea Design Company."
The princess' "cream felt hat with navy crown" bore what looked like two black chopsticks.
Charles wore a suit. The embassy released no description.
Once inside the Atrium of the gallery's East Wing, the two signed a huge dark red leather guest book. They signed simply "Charles" and "Diana," she in a big loopy hand.
At the press conference, no one mentioned President Reagan's gaffe the night before when he called Diana first "Princess David," and then "Princess Diane," flubs that have sent ripples of horror through protocol-conscious Britons.
Charles was asked why the crowd at the cathedral was larger than when he last attended services there (sans Diana). "I have no idea," he said, then added, "You know as well as I."
And he was asked about King George III: "I felt he'd had a bit of a raw deal . . . Often he was the butt of a certain amount of propaganda."
Would Charles like to attend yesterday's Cowboys-Redskins game?
He laughed and said, "I'm afraid I'm not up on the local football scene."
What has he enjoyed most about his trip so far?
"It's a leading question, isn't it? But apart from the fact that we enjoyed dinner last night enormously with the president and Nancy Reagan, which was the greatest possible fun and there were lots of very interesting and amusing people there."
Where else in the United States would he like to visit?
"There are lot of places I would like to go, both of us would like to go to, in the United States. I have to be careful not to pick out too many places. But I've always heard Wyoming is a lovely part of the world and one day I would love to go to that part of the States. The queen has told me about it because she went there -- I think it was last year."
Both Charles and Diana have spent their lives in country homes much like the ones celebrated in the gallery exhibit. Diana was born at Park House on the 20,000-acre royal estate at Sandringham in Norfolk and later moved to Althorp, the Spencer family seat in Northamtonshire, where in 1603 Queen Elizabeth I watched a masque by Ben Jonson and where in 1977 Charles and Diana met at a shoot.
Charles said the exhibit was "quite dramatic -- what enormous amount of effort has gone into it," but when asked about its purpose, he maintained the nonpolitical diplomatic stance required of the royal family. "I didn't arrange the thing myself," he said, before suggesting, "The idea is to show the great degree of taste, and the amazing way people throughout Britain collected -- and hopefully to show people in this country what they should see in Britain."
Charles himself lent one painting to the show, "The Shooting Party" of 1740, painted by John Wootton, which Queen Elizabeth owns but which usually hangs in the prince's home at Highgrove Park. It shows Frederick, prince of Wales, in a landscape with dogs, dead game and two companions -- one of whom, John Spencer, was the father of the first Earl Spencer (Diana's father is the eighth).
"There's one room which is very effective which has the silver furniture from Knole," Charles said, referring to the room called "The Triumph of the Baroque," which contains a 17th-century set of furniture made of oak frames covered with silver. The only other complete set is in Windsor Castle, so it must be familiar to Charles.
After their tour, the couple walked outside to be met by a waiting Rolls Silver Shadow and a huge crowd -- much of it out of their sight.
Then, something happened nobody at the State Department, British Embassy or National Gallery could prevent.
There was a breeze.
Diana's hat tilted over her forehead.
Pamela Brown raised her hand to try to prevent the royal hat from falling.
But Diana caught the brim and held it down with her hand. A sartorial crisis was averted. Pam Brown gave a final curtsy.
Once inside the Rolls, Diana, grinning, took the hat off.
The security force began to disperse, but one limousine remained. Just as Chief of Protocol Selwa Roosevelt was being escorted to it by a security man, the press spilled out of its risers and the public ran across Fourth Street to get closer to the earth where Diana had stood. Roosevelt smiled nervously and the security man rushed her by the elbow into the limousine. "Let's get you out of here," he said and she disappeared into the waiting car. Guests at last night's British Embassy dinner, listed by table, in order as given by the embassy: Table 2
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Barbara Bush
George Shultz, secretary of state
Caspar Weinberger, secretary of defense
Malcolm Baldrige, secretary of commerce
Elizabeth Dole, secretary of transportation
Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), Senate majority whip Table 11
Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales
Vice President Bush
Warren Burger, chief justice
James Baker, secretary of the treasury
Edwin Meese, attorney general
Robert Dole (R-Kan.), Senate majority leader
Ann Simpson Table 12
British Ambassador Sir Oliver Wright
Sen. Albert Gore Jr. (D-Tenn.)
Katharine Graham, chairman of the board, Washington Post Co.
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)
Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.)
Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes Table 3
Lady Marjory Wright
Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.)
Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.)
Sen. Robert Packwood (R-Ore.)
Sen. Charles McC. Mathias (R-Md.)
Sen. Paul Trible (R-Va.)
Patricia Hughes Table 14
Brian Crowe, minister (commercial), British Embassy
Rep. Tom Foley (D-Wash.)
Sir Gordon White, chairman, Hanson Industries
Dr. Armand Hammer
Ambassador John Louis, former ambassador to Court of St. James's Table 4
Rep. Dante Fascell (D-Fla.)
Donald Gregg, foreign policy adviser to the vice president
Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.)
Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes Table 3 Lady Marjory Wright
Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz
J. Carter Brown, director, National Gallery
McCormick Adams, secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Dillon Ripley, chairman, U.S. English Speaking Union; former secretary, Smithsonian Institution Mrs. Louis Table 5
Tim Lankester, economic minister, British Embassy
Evangeline Bruce, wife of former U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James's
Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.)
Jo Anne Petersen
Paul A. Volcker, chairman of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System
Selwa Roosevelt, chief of protocol, Department of State
Lt. Cmdr. Peter Eberle, equerry Table 8
Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.)
Donald Petersen, Ford Motor Co. chairman
Elliot Richardson, former U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James's, former cabinet member
Robert Linowes, chairman of Folger Shakespeare Theatre
Arthur Sulzberger, publisher, The New York Times
Sir John Thouron
Miss Beckwith-Smith Table 10
Air Vice Marshal Ronald Dick, head British Defence Staff
John Marsh, Secretary of the Army
Verne Orr, secretary of the Air Force
Michael Deaver, former deputy chief of staff to the president
Lt.-Gen. James Abrahamson, Strategic Defense Initiative Organisation
Paula Dick Table 1
Rear Adm. Norman King, head, British Navy Staff
Glenn Ann Marsh
John Lehman, secretary of the Navy
Adm. William Crowe
Craig Fuller, chief of staff to vice president
Mrs. King Table 6
Michael Jenkins, minister, British Embassy
Lynda Bird Robb
Lady Marjory Wright
Robert McFarlane, national security affairs adviser to the president
Donald Regan, White House chief of staff
Douglas Fairbanks Jr., actor
Sir John Riddell, private secretary to Prince Charles Table 7
Gov. Charles Robb
Rep. James Wright (D-Tex.)
Michael Shea, Buckingham Palace press secretary
Mayor Marion Barry
John Whitehead, deputy secretary of state
Roberta Armacost Table 9
John Kerr, head of chancery, British Embassy
Michael Armacost, under secretary of state for political affairs
Karen Sughrue, guest of Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.)
Benjamin C. Bradlee, executive editor, Washington Post
Daniel Boorstin, Librarian of Congress
Richard Beeston, bureau chief of the Daily Telegraph
David Roycroft, assistant private secretary to Prince Charles