11 MAY 1929, Page 3

The Royal Academy Banquet There was the usual distinguished gathering

at the Royal Academy Banquet last Saturday. Prince George in his speech showed a keen appreciation of the importance of art in the civilization of a period. Lord Salisbury, in replying to the toast of His Majesty's Ministers emphasized the fact that in Parliament nowa- days the accumulation of detailed business throws an ever-increasing responsibility upon the executive. Unwelcome though this may be, it is inevitable, and fortunately the Civil Service is well able to take the strain. The new President, Sir William Llewellyn, did well to commend the Services for their diligent economy, especially in the way of reduction of per- sonnel. We should not be sorry, however, to see the toast of " The Armed Forces of the Crown " eliminated. It has no logical place on such an occasion.