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Fiona Irving Donovan, the daughter of Flora Miller Biddle and the great-granddaughter of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and her husband Mark Donovan, the son of the late Hedley...

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Fiona Irving Donovan, the daughter of Flora Miller Biddle and the great-granddaughter of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and her husband Mark Donovan, the son of the late Hedley Donovan, are on a fast boat to China to adopt a baby girl. Their destination is Shanghai, where the two-month-old baby is waiting for them. Fiona and Mark have already named her Flora Dorothy Donovan after both grandmothers.

Fiona and mother Flora are the only Vanderbilt/Whitneys still on the board at the Whitney Museum and will do anything but anything to help the cause. That's why, just before leaving, Fiona went through the attic and found one of the famous Gertrude's vintage pieces to wear with her dress-up pajamas at the Museum's benefit party in October. It's a Japanese top Gertrude picked up while in Asia on her world cruise honeymoon, way back when honeymoons were really hot stuff. Flora's party for the Donovans the other night was not only to announce their China trip, but to celebrate her own crisp new doctorate in art history from Columbia University.

But don't call her in the morning -- unless it's about the Whitney, and not too early, please.

Sabina and Steve Forbes and Kip and Astrid Forbes of the Forbes media fortune launched their respective darling teen-age daughters, Catherine and Charlotte, in the only way a girl should be launched, on the family yacht, The Highlander. It was a starlight voyage with dinner and dancing and a couple of hundred people, all thrilled to be there. It was one of their last night's out before leaving for California for Viscount and Viscountess Linley, or David and Serena if you're on that sort of footing, and what a way to go. (I would tell you Lord Linley, who makes all that beautiful furniture, is Princess Margaret's son and the apple of her eye, but you've had it drummed into you so many times).

Among those helping Catherine and Charlotte celebrate were Princess Olga of Greece, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller, Lydia and Bob Forbes, Moira Mumma, Chantal and Robert Miller with their darling daughters, Marie-Chantal and Alexandra; Reginald Auchincloss, Florence Peyrelongue, the Rupert Murdoch's son, Lachlan, and his date Kate Harbin, Robert Higdon, Veronica Hearst, Ruth Kennedy of the Linley entourage and on and on into the starlit night.
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