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A Dream in Sari and Jewels

  November 10, 2009 at 12:31 am by

Indian princess Gayatri Devi could have just relaxed in her life of luxury. Instead she won three elections, ran a stud farm and started schools for girls. She was also a campaigner for democracy and women’s rights. The princess died aged 90 on July 29 this year. Raised in an opulent palace with 500 servants, she spent holidays in London and Europe. There her family mixed with the British Royal … Continue reading

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The Glamorous Grand Duke

  June 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

Legend has it that Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch and Chanel met on a beach, although they may have been introduced to each other by Dmitri’s sister, Marie Pavlovna. One wonders what the dark and handsome Dmitri and the petite Chanel first said to each other! They soon became lovers. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess certainly had a strong influence on Chanel’s fashion career. Dmitri introduced her to the former … Continue reading

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The Search For Romanov Money: Romanoff Gold by William Clarke

  March 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm by

Clarke describes Imperial Russia vividly and delves into the money trail meticulously. The first part of this book is the most interesting. Certain images stayed in my mind: beautiful Meriel Buchanan’s Russian admirer visiting her in a panic after the Revolution, the Tsar’s daughters enjoying their first dances and balls, and the final terrible journey and end of the Royal family. (NB) Reading how Clarke traced the money of the … Continue reading

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The Humble Grand Duchess: The Last Grand Duchess by Ian Vorres

  February 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm by

Ian Vorres’s kind neighbour, a rather charming, little old lady, often invited him in to have a cup of tea. Soon he found out that she was Grand Duchess Olga, the sister of the last Russian Tsar. It was destiny… Vorres, a writer, persuaded her to let him write her biography. Grand Duchess Olga’s life was so dramatic that it remains interesting even though Vorres’s writing is rather straightforward and … Continue reading

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