Commonwealth leaders -- meeting in London -- have spent the last three days in official session, discussing the situation in southern Africa.
GV Wives of Commonwealth leaders talking together in reception room at Chequers, British Prime Minister's official country residence
SV Mrs. Audrey Callaghan, wife of British Prime Minister (on right) talking with other wives
SV Wives standing and seated talking to each (2 shots)
SV & GV Wives posing for photograph (4 shots)
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Background: Commonwealth leaders -- meeting in London -- have spent the last three days in official session, discussing the situation in southern Africa. But a lot of work also goes on at informal meetings, and an important role on these occasions is played by their wives. On Friday (10 June), the wives met at Chequers -- the official country residence of the British Prime Minister in Buckinghamshire, England.
SYNOPSIS: The Wives' meeting came shortly before their husbands arrived to spend the weekend at Chequers,away from their formal discussions in London. Hostess for the occasion was Mrs. Audrey Callaghan -- on the right -- wife of the British Prime Minister.
The wives of leading statesmen have plenty of important duties to perform, many of which go unnoticed by the general public. Quite often they do not see their husbands for long periods of time and as a politician's wife one must be resigned to the fact that there are few hopes of leading what might be considered a normal family life. The strain sometimes proves to be overwhelming.
The Commonwealth leaders will not be entirely removed from their discussions while they are at Chequers. In fact, many agreements are expected to be reached and detailed proposals out-lined during informal meetings over the weekend. Although the social occasions will provide an opportunity for the leaders to relax, their wives will be hard at work.