Monday, July 29, 2013

A bumper crop of royal baby books

The latest in new books about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge. I have not seen any of these books, but I bet the Royal Collection's book will be well done. Just remember if you purchase a book through one of these links or through the Amazon search boxes or Amazon store links on RBN or Royal Musings, I earn a few pennies. Seriously, a few pennies. You do not have to confine your shopping to royal books on Amazon -- just use my search boxes on my two blogs for all your Amazon purchases.

I hope to review several of these titles in the next few months. 


Monday, July 15, 2013

PALACES – The trace of a time recorded on the highest hill in Dedinje


 “PALACES – The trace of a time recorded on the highest hill in Dedinje” book launch at the Royal Palace

 Belgrade, 15 July 2013 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine hosted this evening the launch of the book “PALACES – The trace of a time recorded on the highest hill in Dedinje” by an architect Zvonko B. Petkovic this evening at the Royal Palace in Dedinje. Family members of Their Royal Highnesses, Mr. David Andrews with spouse Mrs. Angeliki Margariti Andrews and son, Alexander George Michael, Mrs. Alison Andrews with daughter Ms. Amanda Garfinkel.  

HRH Crown Prince Alexander welcomed the guests and said: “The construction of the Royal Compound in Dedinje was commissioned by my grandfather, HM King Alexander I, in 1922, as a testament to our great nation. Upon the return of my family to our home, twelve years ago, the gates of the Royal Compound have been opened to the public, enabling our citizens to get to know this unique monument of Serbian culture, priceless heritage, which in our recent history was not fully known to our public. My family has put great efforts into rectifying that situation. The book which is in front of you, ‘The Palaces’, written by Zvonko Petkovic, is yet another way of bringing closer the previously forgotten treasures of the Dedinje Palaces, their history and architecture, as the inseparable part of our tradition and culture.”

Speeches were also delivered by Prof. Dr Zoran Avramovic, state secretary at the Ministry of Culture and information of Serbia, Dr. Zoran Gavric, professor at the University of Applied Arts and one of the reviewers of the book and the author.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

EDDY & HÉLÈNE ... an impossible match

EDDY & HÉLÈNE ... an impossible match

by Prince Michael of Greece

If Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, ‘Eddy’ to his family and friends, had lived to become king, Britain might have had a Roman Catholic queen. He certainly hoped it would. Biographers have dismissed Eddy’s love for Princess Hélène of Orléans as a thing of no consequence, the passing whim of an ineffectual prince who did the monarchy a favour by dying. But the recent discovery of a cache of original documents relating to their romance casts a new light on the affair, showing just how much the relationship meant to the couple themselves, and the lengths to which their families went in searching for a settlement that would allow them to marry. Ultimately, the religious obstacles proved too great, to the lasting sorrow of all concerned. Echoes of the affair lingered for many years, as this collection shows, though Eddy did not long survive the end of his hopes.

 He lived long enough to contract a ‘suitable’ engagement to a childhood friend before dying of infl uenza in the winter of 1891-1892, and his reputation almost died with him. So little evidence was known until now of the man he was – the man Hélène and those close to him knew – that later generations created their own myth to fi ll the blank. But the newly-discovered material in this book includes the letters Eddy sent to Hélène, which open a unique window into the character of a muchmaligned prince, and suggest that his whole biography may need to be rewritten ...

Published by Rosvall Royal Books.  I will be receiving a review copy, and will be reviewing the book here.

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Books about the Cambridges

Recommended reading for the folks who write the press releases at Buckingham Palace. The children of the present Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not be the first princes or princesses of Cambridge.

Pope-Hennssey's biography of Queen Mary is perhaps the best royal biography ever written.  Includes Mary's correspondence with her aunt Augusta.