The Palace’s Night of Red and Gold

On the Entry of France into the Tertiary Society


Are the good times really over for good?
It was back when the country was strong,
Back before Elvis; before the Vietnam war came along,
Before The Beatles and ‘Yesterday’.

A Sunday night, November 1979…. No one wanted to miss the ‘Night of Red and Gold’. Everyone who had been anyone, was anyone, or still claimed to be anyone, had promised to be there: brilliant academics rallying to the night, former and future ministers, professional socialites, young condottieri of fashion, predators and headhunters…