"And Coronation Week, when you ran away from London."

This is the coronation of King George VI which took place at Westminster Abbey on 12 May 1937 (the date had previously been reserved for the coronation of King Edward VIII who abdicated the throne).

Charles Ryder would, no doubt, have run away from London to avoid the crowds which descended on the city to line the route of the coronation procession, in spite of the rain.