President Bush has invited Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, to Washington for a state visit in May, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday. It will be the couple's first official visit to Washington since the 1976 bicentennial celebration, though they traveled officially on the West Coast in 1983, and the queen has spent three vacations on longtime Bush pal Will Farish's Lanes End Farm in Kentucky, where she stables three of her 22 horses. The exact dates and itinerary of the visit have not been determined, according to a White House statement.
Pomp and Circumstances
The White House changed its tune yesterday after telling a middle-school band it wasn't polished enough to play "Hail to the Chief" to welcome President Bush to Cape Cod today.
The citizens of Mashpee, Mass., raised an outcry after the president's advance team on Monday dictated that only military, high school and college bands are allowed to perform for the president. The organizers also said the band couldn't handle the song's "ruffles and flourishes," school officials said.
"The advance team is afraid the kids are going to choke or play the wrong thing," said band leader Michael Persico. "They're crushed. This is the only gift these kids could offer their president, and they're being told it's not good enough."
After yesterday's decision to allow the band to play, an advance team member who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity said, "I thought we did" have a policy on who gets to play "Hail to the Chief." But "we don't want to upset the community."
Trick or Veep
About 100 or so little ghosts, goblins and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rang the doorbell of Dan and Marilyn Quayle's Victorian abode on Massachusetts Avenue last night and were treated to an assortment of Blow Pops, Pixy Stix and Tootsie Rolls. Quayle's costume was appropriate for a vice president: the suit he had worn earlier on the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" topped off with a bright orange and black tie. Mrs. Quayle donned a glow-in-the-dark pumpkin pin. The kiddies lined up patiently with their parents on the sidewalk in front of the wrought-iron gate and were brought up to the house "in clumps," many with their parents in tow, said Quayle spokesman Dave Beckwith. The front porch was eerily lit with nearly two dozen glowing jack-o'-lanterns and a herd of television cameras.
With the world holding its breath wondering about John F. Kennedy Jr.'s performance on his third attempt at passing the New York bar exam, taken in July, the former president's son was quietly covering his bases by taking the Connecticut bar exam. A spokesman for the Connecticut Board of Bar Examiners confirmed that Kennedy took the test July 26, two days after the New York exam. Both test results could come in as early as tomorrow.
Trump Tragedy The entire Trump family was in Ziln, Czechoslovakia, yesterday for the funeral of Ivana Trump's father, Milos Zelnicek, who died Saturday of a heart attack at age 63. Ivana had flown ahead with her children Ivancka, Eric and Donald Jr., and an aide, while Donald arrived later, in time to be by his estranged wife's side at the funeral. "He always had a great deal of admiration for Milos Zelnicek," said Trump's secretary, Norma Foederer, according to columnist Liz Smith.