Did HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, back when she was the actual Queen, really pressurise the Society into publishing the Reel of the 51st Division?
asked 31 Oct '11, 19:01
Sort of. The executive summary says that the (then) Queen received a delegation from the Society in 1944, and on that occasion, having heard of that new dance written in a POW camp in Germany, she said she »hoped that it would be published some day«. Apparently the Society took the hint, and printed the dance ASAP, in the Victory Book (a.k.a. Book XIII).
This was the first newly-devised dance actually published by the Society, and at the time that was a fairly controversial step. It did take the Society a few years to really get used to the idea of publishing modern dances; the first book of explicitly all-new dances was Book 22.
There's a more extensive writeup on The Reel of the 51st Division on my site.