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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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You should know that there are two palaces in Belgrade — you never know when you’ll need the information — located in a central park, the Old Palace and the White Palace. And now for a little bit of history. Construction began on the White Palace during the reign of King Alexander, the present Crown Prince’s grandfather, and was completed according to his plans after his assassination when the benevolent dictator Tito came to power. The main suite in this palace was used only for visiting heads of state from Castro all the way to Putin. And guess who the Crown Prince chose to occupy it while she was in Belgrade? Everyone who guesses Denise gets a gold star. When she was a child in Belgrade, Tito took everything from her family and condemned her father to die. After much pleading by Denise’s grandfather, Tito agreed to save his life. What goes around comes around, so when Tito died, Denise went to Belgrade for his funeral as a member of the United States Presidential Delegation. And now she’s stayed in Tito’s very own suite in the White Palace. Who else would tell you these things?



Evelyn Lauder of the cosmetic Lauders signed her new book of photographs "An Eye for Beauty" at the Madison Avenue book store, and among those who lined up for a copy were Robin Williams, who carried out four of the books with their stunning pictures of landscapes, sunsets and all things beautiful. This was a prelude to the opening of Evelyn’s show of photographs at Pace/MacGill Gallery on Oct. 21, when all proceeds from the sale of her book and photos will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation that she founded. On that auspicious night, Evelyn will wear something designed by either Bill Blass or Emanuel Ungaro, depending on her mood, to receive her guests and then will accompany her husband, Leonard Lauder, to one of the season’s grand galas, the Black White & Whitney Ball, as in the Whitney Museum, of which her husband is the chairman of the board. The party’s chairmen this year are Hollywood’s Jerry Bruckheimer and Barry Diller, and New York’s Beth de Woody, Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Veronique Pittman. Heading up the after party are such as Alexandra and Alexandre von Furstenberg, and among those expected at the dinner-dance will be Ashley Judd, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, if they can break away from their latest jobs. Expected is the key word here.
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