No man without a secret
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, enjoyed practical jokes. He is said to have once sent a telegram to twelve of ___HIS___ friends, all people of great significance and power. The telegram said: “Flee at once, the secret ___HAS_BEEN_DISCOVERED___.” Within 24 hours all twelve ___LEFT___ the country.
Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning U.K. monarch
On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Her tenure of 63 years 7 months plus surpassed that of the famous Queen Victoria. In some respects Elizabeth ___HAS_MADE___ the monarchy less formal and remote. In 1958, for example, she stopped ___ATTENDING___ the annual Queen Charlotte’s Ball, where over a hundred 17- or 18-year-old girls from Britain’s richest families had traditionally presented themselves to the monarch. She sent her ___CHILDREN___, 3 boys and a girl, to school, ending the practice of royal sons and daughters being educated at home by private tutors. She also allowed television cameras limited access to her palaces and, through them, provided to the general public glimpses of her daily life and leisure interests, the ___MOST_PROMINENT___ of which was horse racing.