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Remember Olivia, Diana's Fictional Daughter that made a appearance on the cover of Globe magazine

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Those of who follow Diana 's Story and legend know that she didn't have a daughter .Olivia is a  fictional character made up by Author Nancy Ryan whose first book The Disappearance of Olivia sparked the Globe  story. Ryan's latest book Where's Olivia continues her story in palm beach Florida.

Mrs Ryan graciously sent me a copy of Where's Olivia to review and I will do so as soon as I finish reading it.

If you are interested in owning a copy use the link below.

 

Bet you didn't know that since his death, Patrick Swayze often sits at the kitchen table watching his beloved wife, Lisa...or that Katharine Hepburn plays golf with Christopher Reeve. That's why we need Sylvia Browne! In Afterlives of the Rich and Famous, the renowned psychic channeled her spirit guide, Francine, to provide an intimate glimpse of our favorite celebrities from the Other Side-and what she learned will surprise you. From Princess Diana, Natalie Wood and John Lennon to Elvis (who is already living his next life), Browne profiles dozens of stars, revealing how they've fared since death, their regrets and private thoughts, what messages they have for fans and much more, making this spellbinding book impossible to put down.

HRH the Duke of Cambridge, better known perhaps as Prince William of Wales, had every advantage as the Queen’s grandson — except the one he really needed.  He was deprived of a secure family background by parents who themselves had never enjoyed the stability and protection that family life can bring. But Prince William seems now to have broken the destructive cycle of dysfunctional parenting by marrying Kate Middleton, an ordinary girl whose vary name hints at the English middle classes from which she comes.

Will the birth of their first baby rescue the Royal Family from generations of private unhappiness?  DIANA’S BABY: Kate, William and the Repair of a Broken Family, by Angela Levin, is the story of the seed that Princess Diana sowed in her son but never lived to reap.

Angela Levin writes regularly for national newspapers in the UK.  She specialises in in-depth interviews and has been commended several times in the British Press Awards. She is also the author of six non-fiction books, including a biography of the late Princess of Wales’s father and stepmother.  She broadcasts regularly on radio and Sky News.

Many of us In the Diana  circles have heard of the infamous Maureen R. Dunkel. She owns some of he mot famous Diana gowns of the Princess's life.  Dunkel s written a book on her life as a Diana Dress owner  which puts all the rumors we have heard about her to rest . Over the last few years we  have seen these gown go up for sale then displayed without cases.   Well the book sort of puts all that in to perspective.   Dunkel explains that being a dress owner comes with a lot of responsibility  Such as preserving the gowns and  how people perceive you have money because you own a Diana gown etc.  One of the most interesting parts of the book is where she explains the issue of the missing cases that were specifically built for her gowns. She had helped some one buy a business who  then business go under and because she had basically cosigned and was known as the Diana Dress lady   the banks were coming after her she had to sell the  dress cases in order settle the debt.  There were many times that Dunkel could have made a lot of money using these gowns for the the tours. She held true to the fact that there were some things that Diana  did not approve of so those ideas were not capitalized on.  After reading  My Decade with Diana I have found a new respect for those who own these beautiful gowns that were left to us by Diana. The only down fall is that the book is $100.00 if the book was marketed by a big time publisher and was made more affordable to others it probably would have been a best seller.There are few copies on Amazon for $60.00 if you would like to see if you can add it to your collection. Reading this book is like a roller coaster ride for those of us who have these Diana's gowns  around the world.

 

Most of us this summer were way too busy to read. But one of our members Catherine found some time to read the book club pick.The Day Diana Died is a very emotional read for those of us who love and admire Diana I read it when it first came out and believe me I needed a whole box of tissues to get through it.  I thought it would be really interesting to see another person's input on the book so I asked Catherine if she would share with us her  review.

Book Review – Catherine Ford-Barbiero – 10-9-12

“THE DAY DIANA DIED”

Author Christopher Andersen

Published 1998

Grade B++

I found the book a very easy read.  Maybe that can be credited to the author being a Diana fan also.

 

The author opens the book describing the hospital staff, her butler, the Ambassador, etc., reaction to her death. How unbelieving people were, how in shock, how numb they all were.  I cried and cried as I read this…..

 

He shares throughout the book the details, the people, the paparazzi, the body guards, the drivers, and Diana & Dodi…… just before and during her last day alive.  She was a woman who kept going, kept smiling, kept dealing with her personal hurts, and the hurt she caused others with her own reaction from these wounds (former lovers, tell all books, her interview where she told all, etc.)…. i.e. Elton John (who she made up with barely before her death), Fergie – who never did have the chance to mend her relationship with Diana before she was gone, etc.

The author goes into deeper detail concerning Charles’ reaction to the news of her death – and how shocked the Royal household was at his reaction to the news. How Charles dealt with telling his sons – how the Queen and Prince dealt with or didn’t deal with it all….except to demand to know if Diana had any Royal jewels with her and if so, the Queen wanted them back! And how Tony Blair spoke to the public and how he had to take action, along with Charles’ assistance, to get the Queen to loosen up on her stand of there never being a previous situation like this before and since there wasn’t any history of one – then they would do nothing….. but she did acquiesce on the Royal Plane, the flag on Diana’s casket, and eventually on her flag flying at half-mast atBuckinghamPalaceinLondon.

Tony Blair is one of the few – as depicted in the movie also, that “gets it”.  Diana popularity was so wide spread with the British public and throughout the world, that the Queen could not possibly ignore it.  Banning of TV, Radio, and newspapers to protect Diana’s boys – also ended up causing the Queen blindside herself.  She was not prepared for the pressure to honor Diana in death….. The people’s reaction and grief at Diana’s death surpassed that of Winston Churchill and the crowds lining the street to watch her casket traveling through town, were larger also.

During my reading of the book and through the last part of the book – I could swear that this book had to be a resource for the movie – “The Queen” that shown in theaters in 2006.  The movie parallels many of the events that the author describes up in the book --- the book leans toward Diana and her last day, whereas the movie leans toward what the Queen and Prince Charles experiences……but much of the book’s details of the Royals and what went on there at Balmoral Castle & Buckingham Palace, are reflected in the movie can be found here too……

And my tears appeared again near the end of the book where the author addresses more details of the situation surrounding bringing Diana home and what to do about her funeral.  How her son William announced that he and Harry would be walking behind the casket, etc.

 

The best quote – summary – whatever you want to call it, came at the end of the book……Pg 269:

 

“What inspires such deep universal feelings of sorrow and loss? Certainly Diana was a mind-spinning tangle of contradictions; beloved by millions yet sadly alone; dazzlingly regal yet down-to-earth; skillfully manipulative yet disarmingly direct; worldly yet naïve; brave yet riddled with doubt; self-loathing yet proud; needy herself yet boundless in her capacity to give. In revealing her own flawed humanity, Diana proved that she was everything - and nothing – like the rest of us.

 

August 31, 1997. No wars ended or began that day. Nor did any natural disasters strike. There were no earth-shaking discoveries made, no records shattered, no feats accomplished. Yet it was a day that both stunned and united the world like few others in history. It was the day Diana died.”

 

This was a great historical account about the events that day – it confirms most of what I have gleaned over the years from various other books, articles, and discussions.  But it was worth reading and keeping in my library concerning Diana.  And I would recommend it to any Diana fan.

After decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain's Queen is beginning to feel her age. She needs some proper cheering up. An unexpected opportunity offers her relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories—the former royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. Hidden beneath a skull-emblazoned hoodie, the limber Elizabeth (thank goodness for yoga) walks out of Buckingham Palace into the freedom of a rainy London day and heads for King's Cross to catch a train to Scotland. But a characterful cast of royal attendants has discovered her missing. In uneasy alliance a lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the stables, a dresser, and a clerk from the shop that supplies Her Majesty's cheese set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.

 

 

After many months of avoiding this book  I finally ordered it from the library and sat down to see what  Penny Junor had to say about William. We start with his birth and what a glorious day that was  most of us remember that day vey well.  Then the hachett job on Diana starts we begin with her  firing nannies and Charles trying to figure out what is wrong with Diana because she is so ill etc. It really started to sound like a one long  love letter to Charles  all his good points were mentioned  but his faults were forgotten.   Then comes the Diana was a embarrassing mother , she laughed at the boys when they were naughty instead of correcting them etc.  It just went on and on pointing out The princess's faults.

Alot of the stuff in this book is classic Junor style attack Diana glorify Charles and  Camilla I found my self skipping most of it just to get to the parts about William and Catherine  to see how she portrayed the Duchess.  I realy think this woman needs to find another subject to write about her jelousy and hate towards Diana was really  hard to sit through we all know Diana was no saint but to continue to trash her to write a book about her son is just wrong.  I knew I should have left it alone but I thought Maybe there is some interesting information about William that we didnt know.  All I have to say is watch out Catherine you may be next on her list.

Rating: F

Stephen Twigg was Diana’s life coach and masseur. Twenty years ago, he was one of the named sources in Andrew Morton’s controversial book, Diana: Her True Story. Now Stephen has written his own book, Diana: Her Transformation, in which he reveals the secrets of Diana’s personality and how she changed from being a suicidal, bulimic young woman trapped in a loveless marriage and a suffocating royal system to a strong, solo performer on the world stage. From December 1988 until her death on 31 August 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, was engaged on a quest for self-improvement. Fifteen years after her death, Stephen, tells the story of her powerful journey.

Here he gives his first interview about his book to The Morton Report.

Why did you decide to write your book Diana: Her Transformation after such a long time?

I believe in right timing. A year or so after her death I’d outlined in detail that part of the story which dealt with my work with Diana because I believed no one else could explain accurately what her personality was or how it affected the events people thought they understood. I also knew she was an amazingly courageous woman whose journey could inspire others. Every time I considered actually writing the book, however, it didn’t feel right to do so, until the end of last year when it just felt clear to go ahead. I’m glad I did, not least because I’ve been able to counter the long standing idea that Diana was mentally unstable — something which is still being perpetuated even now.

Your book details the part you played in that transformation. How would you sum up your role?

Initially I was a catalyst who helped Diana see possibilities beyond the trap she felt she was in and enabled her to take the first steps towards freedom. Over the seven years we worked together I was a guide and coach in the process and techniques we used to help her change what she believed about herself and her life.

You describe Diana as having "INFP" personality traits. What does this term mean and how does this help us to understand the complexities in Diana?

INFP refers to Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving, a term used to describe idealists who are focused on making the world a better place. INFPs are highly intuitive about people, they make decisions by reference to their feelings and their intuition which makes it difficult for them to make impersonal judgements. To those who discount emotions and think things through in a linear fashion INFP individuals like Diana are difficult to understand or take seriously.

You describe her life in 1988 when you first treated her as in a trap. Did you ever imagine she would escape from it? Didn’t she repeatedly see a new man, e.g. James Hewitt, Oliver Hoare, Hasnat Khan, as a potential way forward?

It was Diana who believed she was trapped. One of the first things I did was reframe that belief so she could see she had much more ability to influence the situation she was in than she thought. It took her a long time though to alter her deeply held belief that a man, who she could support by providing a home and family, would give her life purpose. Prince Charles in fact was the first in the line of those she thought might be the one to do so, but over time her perception of herself and relationships changed. Hewitt and Hoare were archetypal rescuers she was attracted to because of their sympathy for her situation. She believed her powerful feelings for them were genuine love rather than dependency.

Hasnat Khan was not a rescuer. He was the first man who offered her the possibility of a relationship based on a more equal partnership and similar aspirations — to help and care for the sick and dying. By the time she met and fell in love with him she was a powerful woman in her own right on the world stage as an acknowledged humanitarian campaigner. He had no time for the high media profile she had, something she’d already begun to question the need for. Diana saw with Hasnat the possibility of a life continuing her work with a lower profile alongside someone with whom she could share the intimate family home with more children her psychological make-up demanded.

Diana’s eating disorder, bulimia, almost ruined her health. Your treatment helped her recover from it, but you indicated she was never totally cured. Why was this so?

Bulimia is a complex condition which has at its core a strategy around food that enables sufferers to cope with situations that provoke feelings of helplessness, poor self-image, frustration and anger. These feelings are largely based on underlying beliefs and assumptions about the self acquired without volition in childhood and early life. Even when new beliefs and feelings are acquired by choice later on in adult life, and the coping strategies become more appropriate as a result, there is always the possibility that certain extremely stressful situations will trigger the old responses. Diana was wise enough to know this and throughout her life sought help and insight from leaders in the field — both as a way to reinforce her own recovery and ascendance over the condition, but also as a way of acquiring information she could share with other bulimics and anorexia sufferers she met during her work.

Do you think Charles and Diana were incompatible on a personal level? Was there a chance that the public level of the royal marriage could have continued if both had tacitly agreed to having other partners in private? Did her jealousy of Camilla rule this out?

Yes, they were incompatible. Diana would have to have been a completely different personality type to have been able to acquiesce to a marriage of convenience. Such an idea went entirely counter to everything she was. Diana’s entire make-up demanded total and genuine commitment from her partner in a mutually loving relationship with a husband she could support by making a home and having a family for him. Diana’s feelings about Camilla ranged from jealousy against the woman who was recipient of the love she was not entitled to, and intense anger and resentment at both Camilla and Charles because she believed they had colluded to cynically mislead her and so tricked her into the marriage.

Although Diana felt tremendous concern for other people, she showed no real sympathy for Charles. He didn’t have the happiest of childhoods and he hated being sent to Gordonstoun, a Scottish boarding school. Why couldn’t she give Charles the kindness she showed others?

See above. All the time she was in a sham of a marriage because of what she believed Charles had done to mislead her she could not let go of her anger at him, although she was able to show him sympathy later when they were divorced.

Why were you sacked by Charles’s office after your contribution to Andrew Morton’s Diana: Her True Story in 1992? Why did Diana recall you into her life?

Almost certainly I was sacked because I had openly contributed to press articles about Diana just after the book was published and which supported what it revealed. By doing so I provided the opportunity for those who opposed Diana to force my departure. As beleaguered as she was at that time, Diana would have been unable to resist their demand that she should let go of someone who, in their eyes, was the source of much of her rebelliousness and strength. As soon as the details of her separation from Charles were agreed at the end of 1992 she had the freedom to act more independently and one of her first acts of independence was to telephone me and ask me back to work with her so she could have my support and help in the process of transformation she was experiencing.

Oliver Hoare, a married art dealer, was the subject of many silent phone calls, later traced to Diana. You are sure that she temporarily quit public life in December 1993, not because of sneak pictures of her taken at a gym as everyone was led to believe, but because she wanted to free herself for more time with Oliver Hoare. What makes you so sure?

It’s important to be specific about the events such as these from Diana’s life. Calls to Oliver Hoare were traced to phones in and around Kensington Palace that Diana could have had access to and she undoubtedly made some, even many, of the silent calls. But given the activities of the British security services and the animosity towards Diana from many highly placed individuals at that time, it is entirely within the bounds of possibility that she was, as she always maintained, not responsible for all of the calls, nor were there anything like as many as was reported in the press.

Spending more time with Hoare was to be the first step to eventually making a life with him. When I saw Diana immediately after her "time and space" speech—when she withdrew temporarily from public life at the end of 1993—she remarked, "Well, now he knows I'm willing to give up everything for him." At the time Oliver Hoare, was living apart from his wife. Although Diana's dreams began to crumble when he returned to his wife a few weeks later, at which time the silent calls to the Hoares' family home resumed.

How would you describe Diana’s relationship with Fergie (Sarah, Duchess of York)? Friends or rivals?

The period they were both in the royal family together encompassed the years during which Diana was engaged in an intense process which was transforming her physically and mentally. As a result their relationship was complex and shifted over that time, from friendship through an alliance, to rivalry and back again until Sarah became a source of great comfort and support for Diana until their final break.

Why did Diana fall out with so many people — loyal friends, family? Personality or stress or both?

There were two main reasons. One was that Diana’s situation in the royal family, especially in the year leading up to her divorce when she fell out with many of those who had been close to her, had resulted in her feeling extremely vulnerable, even at risk. It was an unbelievably stressful time for her and her need was for complete and unquestioning support from those who professed to have her interests at heart. If she sensed she was not receiving that support or was being criticised, she reacted badly.

The second reason was that by then she had been in her process of transformation for seven years. Despite the stress and occasional periods of doubt she was mentally and physically stronger than ever before and could see her escape from her situation becoming a reality. Many of those with whom she fell out found it difficult to acknowledge her strength and determination and they simply fell by the wayside, unable to alter their own attitudes towards the new Diana. This was something I had warned her would happen.

How would you describe her journey from when you met her in 1988, and then parted company in 1995? Did you follow her progress from 1995 through 1997? Can you describe your feelings when you heard of her death? What is Diana’s lasting legacy?

Diana’s journey was an amazing achievement of courage, strength of will and determination in circumstances so difficult and complex they can barely be imagined by most people. Diana’s transformation continued after I stepped away but I was not aware of the details until I researched my book Diana: Her Transformation this year. On 31 August 1997 I was in Spain writing The Kensington Diet and its companion cookbook when a client from London telephoned me in the early hours to tell me about the crash in Paris. When I heard of Diana’s death a few hours later I was deeply saddened and disappointed that she had not created the life she’d envisioned for herself when we were working together, although I subsequently discovered that only a few hours before she died she described the plans she had just made to fulfill the vision she had set out to create.

Diana’s real legacy lies in the subtle changes she brought about in the minds of so many of those who recognised the genuine love and compassion she brought to her role. In simple terms she inspired people to love more and gave them permission to share their love more. That legacy is subtly but emphatically altering our society as surely as the new beliefs she acquired during our work together altered her own outlook and life as a result.

As a final thought, do you think she could have had a future with Dodi Fayed?

It's possible, their psychological makeup was almost certainly very similar and I believe they shared an immediate empathetic connection because of that. By the time they met Diana was very confident in her ability to make any humanitarian role work but she was still looking for the other side of her ideal life — a partner who would be entirely committed to her and who had the resources to provide her with the physical, emotional and financial security she needed to be able to live happily and safely outside the royal family. In my opinion it's likely that Dodi, with the Fayed resources at his disposal, made available from an adoring father, would have been able to be the partner Diana wanted.

In turn, the work she was driven to do would have given Dodi’s life the purpose and meaning it lacked. Six hours before she died Diana implied a committed relationship with Dodi, when she described her plans in a phone call to her friend the journalist Richard Kay: she was going to withdraw from all high profile humanitarian work, Fayed would fund a charity to help victims of land mines, the campaign Diana was involved in at the time. Dodi and his father would also help her raise the funds to sponsor and support a series of hospices around the world. In effect it was a scenario which fitted precisely what she had envisioned, the life of a private person enjoying a loving relationship while she did low profile but meaningful humanitarian work which would make the world a better place — work completely suited to her empathetic and caring nature.

"Diana: Her Transformation reads very well. It is clear, uncluttered and objective and a valuable contribution to the understanding of the enigmatic Princess Diana by a man who was literally a hands on participant in the unfolding royal drama." — Andrew Morton, author of Diana: Her True Story.

JAMES HERBERT: MY NEW THRILLER ABOUT PRINCESS DIANA'S SECRET SON

Available in the US December 11,2012

ONLY James Herbert would dare to write a novel that queasily imagines Princess Diana and her secret son as well as Lord Lucan, Colonel Gaddafi and Robert Maxwell living together in a Scottish castle. But Herbert – one of Britain’s bestselling authors for 41 years – doesn’t care. He thrives on controversy and he loves to shock.

“That’s why I became a novelist in the first place,” he says. “I can’t bear to work by committee. As a writer I can say whatever I want. All my stories begin with the premise ‘what if?’ I get to play God.”

His latest novel entitled Ash will not please the Royal Family but to be fair he did warn them. “Prince Charles gave me an OBE a couple of years ago. I was firmly told beforehand to call him Your Royal Highness to start with then Sir. But that went straight out the window. I only call head waiters Sir. So finally it’s my turn. He asks me, ‘Are you working on anything at the moment?’ I told him, ‘I am and you’re in it, Charles.’ He went bright red, then chalky white. I was dismissed.”

Herbert’s heady mix of horror and conspiracy theory has proved hugely successful. His 23 novels have sold more than 54 million copies and he earns a £1million advance per book. Now 69, he lives in a mansion in West

The bestselling author reveals the twist behind his latest plot – and the childhood poverty behind his incredible success
Sussex set in 30 acres and drives a vintage Jag with a RATS number plate (a reference to his first novel). Not bad for a market trader’s son who grew up in a slum in London’s East End and left school at 15.

“I came from nothing but I always knew I’d make money. I went to Monte Carlo with friends when I was 19. I saw all those rich people and I swore to myself that one day I’d be one of them. But if it was just about the money I’d have stopped years ago. My XJS is 25 years old and I don’t have houses all round the world. Most of my money’s sitting in the bank. It’s a working-class thing. I want to know it’s there.”

His father was a drunk and his mother a seamstress. Herbert maximised his talents to reinvent himself as the British Stephen King. Despite his achievements it still rankles with him that – unlike his American rival – only four of his books have been made into films.

“Steve was rejected many times before he got his first book Carrie published three months after The Rats. I’d been picked up straight away. I sent out six manuscripts and got three replies – two rejections and one ‘yes please’. But the first three films of his books were brilliant. Mine weren’t. They take horror seriously in America. Here it’s a dirty word. But the other reason he’s been so successful is that he’s a genius. He’s naturally brilliant. I’ve had to work much harder. I’m Buddy Holly to his Elvis Presley. I envy Steve’s talent.”

Herbert’s latest novel is based on the notion that Diana went into early labour after throwing herself down the stairs and gave birth to a deformed son who was (unknown to his parents) hidden away with Lucan et al.

“One thing I’ve always been able to do is mix chiller with thriller. I wanted to have another knock at the Establishment despite the OBE, which they might want back after this. I certainly won’t be getting a knighthood. It’s very possible Diana had a third child. Everything in my book is within the bounds of possibility. If you remember the clothes she used to wear in the early days they were very dowdy, heavy garments. She could quite easily have been pregnant without anyone knowing,” he explains.

“I met her at the premiere of a film based on one of my books. Anthony Andrews introduced me and Diana said, ‘Oh so you’re responsible for all this are you?’ I replied, ‘Sorry, I hope you don’t mind a bit of horror.’ She said, ‘No I’m used to it.’ I laughed but a couple of years later her words became very poignant. She was clearly referring to her own life.”
He adds: “Why shouldn’t Diana still be around? I absolutely believe in life after death. And if her son had been born deformed of course he’d be locked away. The Queen has two autistic cousins who were kept hidden from public view. It’s just what the royals do. As for the likes of Gaddafi , why are we so sure he’s dead? Before his alleged death he sent two lookalikes out for the people to kill. Why would he only have two lookalikes, not four or five?”
Before becoming a novelist Herbert was art director of a London ad agency. “But by the age of 28 I thought I’d done it all in advertising so I started writing The Rats at weekends. It took me eight or nine months to finish. Still, I carried on doing both jobs, working seven-day weeks for five years. But I was killing myself. I never saw my children. Something had to give.”

Today his three daughters are grown up and he has been married to Eileen for 45 years. His life could hardly be more different to that of his youth. “I got used to ducking chairs. My dad was a terrible gambler, drinker and womaniser. I had to jump in the middle of my parents to stop them fighting more than once.”

When his father died 16 years ago aged 86, Herbert scattered his ashes in his garden at the foot of a plum tree. “He loved a drink so I took a bottle of really good single malt – a present from Uri Geller – and two tumblers.

I poured his in the hole and drank mine. He was a dreadful father but as I get older I’m growing fonder of him. My mum was the one for me though. She was a smasher. I got my love of books from her. And she was so full of love.”

Kitty Herbert died 10 years ago aged 93, 18 years after divorcing her husband at last. Her ashes sit on a shelf next to those of his favourite dog. “I’ll scatter my mother’s ashes in the garden one day. Not near the old man, though. As for me, I don’t worry so much about death as the manner of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”


From Louis XIV, a shoe aficionado of the Baroque Age, to the latest club-hopping progeny of the British royalty, this colorful survey of aristocratic fashion through the ages will delight royal watchers of every generation. The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton helped reclaim the fashion credibility of Britain's royal family, ushering in a generation of hip but genial personalities that appeal to every age and station. But royals have been setting fashion trends for centuries. This fascinating overview of aristocratic icons reaches back to the middle age, and from Europe to the Middle East, to profile the most renowned promoters of elegance and style ever to don their empires' crowns. Author and royals watcher Luise Wackerl juxtaposes the fifteenth-century Duke of Burgundy's penchant for black with Elizabeth I's taste for virginal white. She presents history's first "It Girls": Marie Antoinette, Louisa of Prussia, Empresses Sisi of Austria and Eugenie of France. She relates how Queen Victoria's sorrow and propriety transformed her country, and how an impeccably styled American's love for Edward VIII upended the British monarchy. From the irreproachably elegant styles of Grace Kelly to Lady Diana, Jordan's Queen Rania to Princess Letizia of Spain we move on to the newest icons, the Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, whose faces and party antics grace the tabloids on a weekly basis. Hundreds of photos and a lively text make this irresistible reading for anyone interested in fashion, royalty, and the lively intersection of both worlds.

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