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The Way We Were: Christmas Days #2

Jottings in diaries—from Virginia Woolf, and from the South Pole

By Ian Irvine  


25th December, 1952

Barbara Skelton (Mrs Cyril Connolly) records in her diary:

“It was a sunny crisp morning and we enjoyed the drive to the Ian Flemings. Everyone subdued when we entered the sitting-room. The Duchess of Westminster was sitting alone in a far corner. Peter Quennell came up and talked. They all appeared smug and spiritless. We listened to the Queen’s speech. Someone said how middle-class the Royal Family were. Cyril told me afterwards that it’s the chic thing to say. The Duchess of W put on a special…

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