Maureen's rooms were filled with pink roses and lilies and there were red candles in the huge silver candelabra. The guests dined on Potage Pommes d'Amour; Mousse Saumon a la Crevette; Supreme de Volaille aux Asperges, Pommes sautees au romarin; Carottes en faisceaux, Celeri braise, Nuage de meringue a la Reine (but, of course) and Le Cafe Moka. You could look it up.
Tucking into all this richness -- when was the last time you had Love Apple Soup? -- were such as the Duke and Duchess of Grafton, Lord Rootes, Hugo Vickers, Lord Charles Cecil and his wife Virginia, Maureen's stunning granddaughter Ivana Lowell in a pink Chanel, the Royal Ballet's Antoinette Sibley, also in pink, Lady Bowker, Lord St. John (pronounced Sinjin -- but you knew that) and Lionel Larner, the actors' agent, who was in London from New York. (When dear Lionel learned he was seated at Her Majesty's left, he almost swooned, he was so excited). After dinner, a few more friends dropped in to greet the Queen Mother, including Nicky Haslam and actress Susannah York, who came straight from her performance in the West End of Daphne du Maurier's "September Tide."
P.S.: When they told Lionel he would be sitting next to Her Majesty, he truly was a nervous wreck, as he has spent almost his entire life adoring her. When Maureen told the Queen that Lionel was quaking in his boots, the Queen said, "What can I do to put him at his ease?" Her smile did it, and they chatted right along for a couple of hours. Do you know anybody like that? I don't know anybody like that.
As long as we're wallowing in royalty: Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, better known as Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh, will drop in on Washington for one night only, on May 17. That's the night the Royal Society of Medicine Foundation will give a dinner for 400 in her honor at The Watergate Hotel, where Princess Anne will receive an award for her singular devotion to the cause of improving human health for over 20 years as the president of the Save the Children Fund. She also loves horses, but I am here to tell you that's not what this dinner is all about.