The Irish Georgian Society’s dinner at the Union Club starred Ireland’s two famous Desmonds. Desmond Fitzgerald, who bears the picturesque title Knight of Glin, and the Hon. Desmond Guinness, Ireland’s conservationist without equal, brought out a group of elegant New Yorkers — all wearing a touch of green. Carleton Varney was the dinner chairman and his two sons, Nicholas and Sebastian, were his able co-chairmen. Among the invited guests were the Ambassador to Ireland Richard Egan, and his wife, Maureen; the real estate empress Caroline Rose Hunt of the Texas Hunts; Paige Rense and her artist husband, Kenneth Noland; Katherine Woodward Mellon, and Edwina Sandys and Richard Kaplan.
The decorations, all done by Carleton, involved shimmery green tablecloths and a silver candelabra topped with greens and white hydrangeas. The party was a benefit for the Irish Georgian Society’s reason for being — the conservation and preservation of the country’s architectural heritage. The society has renovated several Irish castles and country estates, and was founded by Desmond Guinness and his late wife, Mariga.
Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, 30, the youngest of former Bulgarian King Simeon’s five children, married Spanish explorer Kitin Muñoz in a traditional ceremony at the family’s palace in the lovely resort town of Borovets. Borovets is just south of the capital city Sofia and if you’ve never been there, you don’t know what you’ve missed.
The lovers met three years ago in Madrid, where he was taking a break after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on a bamboo raft, emulating his hero Thor Heyerdahl. When he’s not doing that, he works as a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations.
The international list of wedding guests included such as the Infanta Cristina of Spain, Prince Nicholas of Greece and Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The bride looked beautiful in a Bulgarian-designed gown worn with white sandals and a belt, typical of the Balkan country’s national dress. At dinner, delicious plates of skopska salad, moussaka and blueberry crepes were served. I love a really delicious plate of skopska salad, don’t you? No word of where the newlyweds went on their honeymoon. I’d love to say it was kayaking on the Black Sea, maybe, but I really don’t know.