More than a third of a million Britons clustered along the banks of the Thames—and raised some question as to what they were there to see. On the one hand there was a hotly contested boat race between Oxford and Cambridge; on the other, riding in a launch and themselves watching the race, there were Princess Margaret (the first royalty to attend since her father dropped by in 1921) and her fiancé, Tony Armstrong-Jones, an old Cambridge crewman himself.
While a majority of the spectators' eyes were fixed on these two, their own were anxiously following the Cambridge boat as it pursued Oxford up the river in one of the closest races in the 132-year-old rivalry. Despite the fact that Oxford's oarsmen (including ex-Harvard captain Townsend Swayze) were using a new kind of shovel-shaped sweep to provide extra push, there was never more than a single length of open water between the two shells. When, after 4¼ anxiety-filled miles, Oxford proved the winner, ex-Coxswain Jones at last stopped gnawing his forefinger. Murmured Meg: "Bad luck."
MARGARET AND ARMSTRONG-JONES TENSELY FOLLOW RACE
PULLING OARS THAT LOOK LIKE EXTRA-LONG SNOW SHOVELS, OXFORD CREW LEADS RIVAL CAMBRIDGE UP THE THAMES TO ITS SECOND BOAT-RACE VICTORY IN LAST TWO YEARS, ITS 47TH IN 132