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Former U.S. Ambassador John Loeb Jr. and Sharon Handler, whom he calls “the wonderful lady in my life,” are celebrating John’s 75th birthday on June 11 at Blenheim Palace, the far-flung English county seat of the Dukes of Marlborough. The reason John decided on Blenheim for the big 300-guest affair is because the palace is the ancestral home of Winston Churchill, and for more than 30 years, John has been associated with the Churchill family and the Churchill Foundation. John received a Commander of the British Empire decoration from the Queen in recognition of this foundation. 

You will be thrilled to hear that five members of the Churchill family will be there for the big night, among them Lady Mary Soames (Churchill’s youngest daughter); Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill; The Hon. Winston Churchill (Churchill’s grandson) and his wife, Luce, and the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, to say nothing of such worthies as Ambassador and Mrs. Ogden Reid; the Earl of Lichfield and Lady Annunziata Asquith; Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford; former U.S. Ambassador to England Philip Lader; the Earl of Dartmouth, who will give a buffet dinner at his home the next night for all the guests who will have come from overseas; Lord Rothschild (Jacob) and Lady Rothschild; The Hon. and Mrs. Desmond Guinness; the Earl and Countess of Dudley, and Lord and Lady Dunsany

Also invited are such nontitled but nonetheless eminently acceptable American guests as Mary McFadden; Hilary and Wilbur Ross; Richard V. Allen (President Ronald Reagan’s first national security adviser); Mr. and Mrs. George F. Baker 3rd; Astrid and Christopher Forbes and Mr. and Mrs. John McCloy II. John’s daughter, Alexandra Driscoll; his son, Nicholas Loeb, and all four of his siblings — Judy Loeb Chiara, Arthur Loeb, Ann Loeb Bronfman and Debbie Loeb Brice — will celebrate with their brother.  You’re only 75 once, and by then, it’s time to play the palace.
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