Canberra House -- the official residence of the British High Commissioner in Australia, Sir Charles Johnston, where a small ceremony was performed on Monday.
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Background: Canberra House -- the official residence of the British High Commissioner in Australia, Sir Charles Johnston, where a small ceremony was performed on Monday. Princess Alexandra who has been staying at Canberra House with her husband, Mr. Angus Ogilvy, was to plant a shrub in the grounds. The High Commissioner's wife, Lady Johnson, was among photographers to record the event.
The High Commissioner's gardener, Mr. Takacts, was to help the Princess plant the shrub. He migrated to Australia from Hungary, eight years ago.
Using a small spade wrapped in silver foil, Princess Alexandra planted a lemon scented Verbena. The shrub was chosen by Lady Johnson, who had one growing in her garden when she lived in Jordan. After the planting, the Princess talked informally with the journalists for about forty minutes before returning to Canberra House.
The questioning over, the Princess strolled with her hostess back to the High Commissioners residence. Outside Canberra House, there was time for a few formal poses for photographers before the Princess and Mr. Ogilvy left for Government House where they lunched with the Governor General and Lady Casey.