Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Marie Larisch

Marie Larisch was the disgraced niece of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria and she is also mentioned in The Waste Land by T.S.Eliot. Read about her here: Marie Larisch

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Guardian Review of The Queen's Necklace by Anton Szerb

This new book about the scandal that had a disastrous effect on Queen Marie-Antoinette looks interesting: The Queen's Necklace.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Battle Over Royal Inheritance

The glamorous Gayatri Devi, once called the most beautiful woman in the world, died recently. She was the third wife of the dashing Man Singh, the Mahararajah of Jaipur. When told that her husband, a flirt with the ladies, might look for a fourth wife, she said that he wouldn't need any more after her! He didn't marry again.

Her death has led to a bitter battle between her grandchildren and stepsons for the royal inheritance. Devraj and Lolita Kumari, the princess's grandchildren, are locked in battle with Jai and Prithvi, the sons of Man Singh's second wife over the $470 million estate. Devi once said that her son, the father of Devraj and Lolita, drank himself to death because of a bitter custody battle.

The estate includes the Rambagh Palace, which is a five-star hotel, the LilyPool with its gorgeous lily gardens, and the Takhteshahi Palace.

It's very sad when people fight over an inheritance so we hope that this will be resolved soon!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Maria Pavlovna's Jewels

Maria Pavlovna (Tsar Nicholas II's aunt) spirited her jewels away to Sweden. Some of are going to be auctioned by Sotheby's in November: Romanov Jewels

Friday, September 4, 2009

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