The Porter is in charge of keeping people out of the palace, but is not having much luck the day of Princess Elizabeth’s christening.
He attempts to beat the crowds back, but even physical violence does not seem to have much of an effect. The enthusiasm of the crowd, and how close they are pressed together, makes him suspect that there will be a lot of new births in nine months’ time. He and his man have to clear a path for the christening procession to pass through, no easy task. He is a cantankerous man at the end of his tether.