Christmas In London Will Be Quiet
Princess Alexandra Has New "Grown-up" Dress
From A STAFF CORRESPONDENT
T ONDON, December 20.-Princess Alexandra's *~*i first "grown-up" party dress was delivered yester- day for Christmas-she will be sixteen on Christmas
The dress is in pale blue organza over pink taffeta, giv ing the effect of shot silk, and has a full gored skirt, at the new Paris-decreed length of thirteen inches from the
The bodice falls in soft folds over the shoulders and has a square neck. There are elbow-length sleeves, and small bows of the material are set in front of the
The dress was designed by Harry Popper, a Grosvenor Street dress manufacturer who sells all his work wholesale, except to the Duchess of Kent and her sister, Princess Olga.
Christmas and New Year celebrations in London look like being the quietest since the war. Mayfair hostesses, and even suburban house- wives, are conserving money
and eneigy for the Corona- tion year parties which lie
There have been fewer pre Christmas cocktail parties this year, and most celebrations will.be quiet family affairs.
Australians in London are no exception. The High Com- missioner, Sir Thomas White, and Lady White will celebrate Christmas Day quietly with their eldest and youngest daughters, Misses Lilian and Judith White, at their Hyde Park Gate home. Stoke Lodge.
'The four of us will motor to Cornwall on Boxing Day for ten days' complete rest in the quietest place we can find," said Lady White.
Miss Shirley White is spend- ing Christmas with her sister, Mrs. Timothy Sharp, in Southern Rhodesia.
The Australian Governor
General designate, Field-Mar- shal Sir William Slim, is
spending Christmas with his ' family at Greentops, his
Surrey home. Miss Una Slim '> and her brother. Captain John ' Slim, have . been abroad for < recent Christmases, so this is - their first united family party ' for some years-and possibly the last for a few years to come, as Sir William and
Lady Slim will be in Australia i long before next December, i
"1 may spend New Year ¡ with my fiance's parents in i
FROM the John Al-
Company (back in Syd- ney after 12 months' tour of all States of Australia)
"We were knee-deep in streamers on the last night in Perth and when an old Scotswoman got up and sang 'Will Ye No' Come Back Again,' and everybody joined in, we all wept,"-leading lady, Neva Carr Glynn.
"There were a few mildewed fairies in The Dream' when we got to Perth, as the only acci- dent to the wardrobe we had the entire time was one basket, which got wet during the ship's crossing the Bight." Wardrobe mistress, Elsie Dayne.
"Mostly little boys' parts-in 'Winter's Tale' and 'Merry Wives,' but I got into skirts as a fairy
in 'A Midsummer Nigbt's Dream.' "-Betty Dickson, sister of Doro- thy Alison, who recently made a big hit in British film, "Mandy."
And from producer- ¡ director John Alden himself: "Without boast- ing, this company was a credit to the citizens who sent us on tour. And we learned (o think in an Australian way. The most exciting part of the whole tour was the number of young people who came to see us."
Herefordshire," said Miss Slim., She has fixed her wed- ding with Captain Nigel Frazer for January 17, in the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy.
Sir William and Lady Slim will sail for Australia on Feb- ruary 24.
Sydney actor Peter Finch and Mrs. Finch are spending most of Christmas Day with their three-year-old daughter. Anita. Their Christmas dinner will be partly English and Russian.
Mrs. Michael Hawkins, for- merly Miss Virginia Heath, of Sydney, held her first big children's party at her home at Oakley, Hampshire, yester- day; it was for her three-year old daughter Susan.
A Christmas engagement announced in London yester- day is that of Miss Norma Joan Campbell, second daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs, Alexander Campbell, of Maroubra, and Mr. Kenneth Henry Adams, only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Adams, of Eastbourne. Sussex.
THE marriage took place at
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Long Island, New York, on Friday of Sydney radio and stage actress Miss Barbara Brunton Gibb ind Mr. Stuart Rcvill.
The bride is the younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Brunton Gibb, of Drum- moyne, and Mr. Revill is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Revill, of Mosman.