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H.R.H. Princess Michael of Kent, who graces New York with her presence every now and again, is gracing us once again, visiting from Oct. 19 to Nov. 4. Got those dates?You all remember the Princess, don’t you? Tall, stately and golden...

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H.R.H. Princess Michael of Kent, who graces New York with her presence every now and again, is gracing us once again, visiting from Oct. 19 to Nov. 4. Got those dates?

You all remember the Princess, don’t you? Tall, stately and golden haired, she is a lecturer of note — dramatic, authoritative and eloquent in the extreme. I mean, she’s a real star on the podium, you know what I’m saying?

Thoroughly versed in highfalutin European history, the Princess speaks of kings, not cabbages. So, if the pranks and peccadilloes and fascinating gossip regarding both naughty lifestyles of the rich and royal of yore are your meat, the Princess is your filet mignon.

She will lecture at the Metropolitan Museum on Oct. 29. Her subject is "The Machiavellian Stuart King Charles II" and we all know what a scamp he was. She will also hold a crowd in thrall on Oct. 21 at a luncheon at the Asia Society, where she will no doubt regale them with her thoughts on "Italy and the Grand Tour," the grand tour being the European trip all navy blue blooded English gentlemen of the period took to enlarge their cultural boundaries — and maybe get lucky on the side.

The luncheon, chaired by Jamee Gregory, Alexia Hamm Pickett and Daisy Soros is a fund-raiser for Venetian Heritage, whose name is the restoration of Venice’s treasures. Chanel is contributing to the event, where highlights of its Café Society cruise collection as well as key pieces of its couture and fine jewelry specially flown in from Paris will be shown at the hot meal at the Asia Society. Mademoiselle Chanel adored Venice and "was inspired by the city’s wealth to adapt her Baroque style jewelry to modern taste." But you knew that.



When you think of San Francisco, what do you think of first, the Golden Gate Bridge or Denise Hale? Don’t bother. I already know. Mrs. Hale is known internationally for her fashion flair, her jewelry and an accent that after all these years in America, still won’t quit. After all those years of stalwart San Francisco society, she has never forgotten her native Yugoslavia. She flew to Belgrade for a visit last year and again this year, the reason being to personally donate two fully equipped ambulances she paid for to local hospitals where they are desperately needed. These were given in honor of her Yugoslavian grandparents, whom she loved dearly. Being Denise, she stayed not at some un-chic hotel but at the Royal Palace, also known as the Old Palace, the one the Yugoslav government gave to Crown Prince Alexander about a year ago. This is where the old king lived and the crown prince now resides.
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