Rupert Gunnis was busy with his Christmas preparations and festivities:

All day preparing for the dance, which was a vast success, about 200 people came and everything went off very well indeed. We had two horse zaptiehs with lances at the ball room door, who looked very well. Finished at 1.00 am. Prince Zaid was at the dance floor wearing a G.B.E. I asked him what it was and he said "I don't know, an order the British gave me", which rather shows up our honours. He didn't know he was a Sir or could wear a sash.