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George V: Royal Audience

"The young Anthony Eden, arriving at Buckingham Palace for an audience with George V, was surprised to be received, not in the King's usual study but in a small room at the end of the Palace overlooking the almost constantly active bandstand.

"King George apologised, explaining that his study was being redecorated, but adding that the band outside had strict orders not to play until he gave them the signal.

"The King then spoke at length about affairs at home and abroad, with particular regard to the League of Nations, which Eden was shortly to attend. At last, a pause arrived, indicating that Eden was expected to supply some observations in return.

"As he opened his mouth to begin, the King interrupted, 'Oh -- pardon me for a moment,' crossed to the window and gave the signal to the band to start playing."

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