EVENTS: On this day in 1953, after being handed the four symbols of authority—the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies—Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London. Watching the Coronation parade, Noel Coward and David Niven wondered who the diminutive man sharing a carriage with the 400 lb Queen of Tonga might be. According to Niven, Coward suggested: “Her lunch”.
52 years later, a new mystery has emerged and you, gentle readers, may be able to supply some creative answers. The new mystery concerns the object in Douglas Martin’s hand. There’s a high-resolution picture available to help you identify the mystery object. You have seven days to solve this conundrum, so get in quick and file your answers using the submission form at the bottom of the page.
Oh, and while you’re examining that high-resolution photograph, have a close look at what’s going on in the background. No, not Susan Maneck having a full and frank exchange of views with Ian Kluge in the buffet room. Look to the left—through the window of Douglas Martin’s guest-room—and check out the top secret plans for a Rainbow Arc pinned to the wall.