The tale would have been perfect if she had kissed Kermit the Frog, but it was Mickey Mouse who welcomed Princess Alexandra to a storybook day.

The first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday opened the Festival of Britain, two weeks of cultural exchange in Orange County, Calif.The princess reviewed processions of Rolls-Royces and bagpipers in kilts, then visited food booths selling British delicacies from the curries learned in the colonies to the good old fish and chips of home.

Actress Julie Andrews was on hand to kick off nine days of screenings of films for which British actors were nominated or received Academy Awards. She was hostess at a "Mary Poppins tea party" before a screening of the film that won her an Oscar for best actress in 1964.