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The first concerned the penchant of the new Queen's husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, for playing polo or cricket on Sundays, behaviour strongly attacked by the churches.

The Archbishop of Canterbury wrote to Prince Philip, telling him off for giving encouragement to 'all who constantly seek to invade the domesticity of Sunday rest and recreations'.

The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, even refused requests for a royal commission on the subject.

Two developments in September 1955 signalled a degree of change in the air.

The consensus for keeping the Sabbath holy was all-pervading.