Sunday, February 28, 2021

The "Other" Princess Irène of Greece: The Wife of Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark

Many royal romances are played up to be fairytale stories. A young woman meets Prince Charming. The couple falls in love. They then live happily ever after.

Peter and his mother Marie

This was not to be the case of Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark (1908-1980), son of Prince George of Greece and Denmark (1869-1957) and Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882-1962), and his wife Irène. Prince Peter first met Irène, Marquise de Monléon (1904-1990; née Irina Aleksandrovna Ovtchinnikova), in the summer of 1935. The couple did fall for one another, but many obstacles would await them.


Born in the St. Petersburg of Imperial Russia, Irène was the daughter of Aleksandr Ovtchinnikov and Lydia Zourio. With the fall of the empire, the Ovtchinnikov family fled Russia for Western Europe. In November 1919, at the age of fifteen, Irène married Marquis Jehan de Monléon (1885-1950), the son of Marquis Paul de Monléon and Marie Anne Louise Carré‐Kérisouët. The pair were divorced in 1930; they had no children.

Lewis Sloden in 1915.

Two years later, in November 1932, Irène married Lewis (Louis) Sloden (1892-1961). Mr Sloden worked as an art dealer. In the 1910s, Mr Sloden was hailed as "one of the most perfect ballroom dancers in the world." It was towards the end of this marriage that Irène met the man who was to be her third and final husband: Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark. Irène Ovtchinnikova and Lewis Sloden divorced in 1936.

Prince Peter

In September 1939, Irène Ovtchinnikova, erstwhile Marquise Jehan de Monléon and Mrs Lewis Sloden, wed Prince Peter in a civil ceremony at the Danish consulate at Madras, India. The couple had been in India since March 1939. Needless to say, Peter's parents were not thrilled with their only son's mésalliance with "the Russian woman," as Marie Bonaparte often referred to her daughter-in-law. Prince George ceased communications with his only son. However, Irène and Peter would not be deterred: in June 1941 they were married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony at Jerusalem.

Irène and Peter

Peter and Irène's marriage would stand the test of time in name only. Irène did eventually win over her mother-in-law Princess Marie. Prince Peter and his wife shared an enthusiasm for anthropology: the prince had studied anthropology between 1935-1936 at the London School of Economics under the Polish-born anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski and the New Zealander ethnologist Sir Raymond Firth. Irène assisted Peter with his academic endeavours in the Orient.

Following the fall of the Greek monarchy, Prince Peter and Princess Irène separated, but they never divorced. Making his base in Copenhagen,  Peter formed a relationship with a young British woman. Irène went her own way and moved to Hong Kong, before returning to Paris in the twilight of life.

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After forty-one years of marriage, Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark died on 15 October 1980 at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London. Peter had been admitted to hospital on 5 October after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

On 13 March 1990, Princess Peter of Greece and Denmark died at Paris. She was eighty-five years-old. Irène was buried next to Peter at the Bernstorff Palace Park at Hovedstaden, Denmark.


More about Prince Peter and his wife Irène can be read in Marie Bonaparte: A Life by Ceclia Bertin. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Aristocratic Engagement With Royal Antecedents: Capt Frederick Wellesley & Capt Katherine Lambert

Lord Frederick Wellesley.

Lord Frederick Wellesley pictured behind Prince Jean Christophe Napoléon.

Lord Frederick Wellesley.

On 25 February 2021, Nicholas Lambert placed the following announcement in The Telegraph announcing the engagement of his daughter:
The engagement is announced between Captain Frederick Wellesley, The Blues and Royals, younger son of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington, and Captain Katherine Lambert, Royal Engineers, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs Nicholas Lambert.

The Duke and Duchess of Wellington with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Born on 30 September 1992 at London, Lord Frederick Charles Wellesley is the fifth and youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington. Frederick's parents are Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington (b.1945), and Princess Antonia of Prussia (b.1955). Through his mother, he is a grandson of Prince Friedrich of Prussia, the subject of a recent article in the European Royal History Journal, and his wife Lady Brigid Guinness, of the Earls of Iveagh. Frederick Wellesley has four elder siblings: Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington (b.1978; married Jemma Kidd); Lady Honor Wellesley (b.1979; married the Hon. Orlando Montagu); Lady Mary Wellesley (b.1986); and Lady Charlotte Wellesley (b.1990; married Alejandro Santo Domingo). Lord Frederick Wellesley studied at Eton and then went on to the Royal Academy Sandhurst. In 2016, he joined the Blues and Royals, where he has achieved the rank of captain. 

King James: the common ancestor of Frederick and Katherine.

Born on 25 July 1992, Katherine Emma Lambert is the daughter of Nicholas Thomas Lambert (b.1957) and Fiona Jane Burn, who married in 1989. Katherine Lambert attended the Royal Academy Sandhurst; she joined the Royal Engineers, where she has achieved the rank of captain. Katherine and Frederick are thirteenth cousins through their mutual descent from King James VI and I of Scotland and England and Ireland.

Our congratulations to the happy couple and their families!

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Death of the Duchess de Plasencia (1957-2021)

La Duquesa de Plasencia.

Don Carlo Ruspoli, Duca di Morignano, and Doña María da Gracia de Solís-Beaumount y Téllez-Girón, Duquesa de Plasencia. 

On 20 February 2021, Doña María de Gracia, Duchess de Plasencia died at Madrid. She was sixty-three years-old. The duchess had been a nurse with the Spanish Red Cross and was a Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta as well as of the Constantinian Order of Saint George. María de Gracia was a second cousin once removed of Doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, Duchess de Medinaceli (1917-2013).

The wedding of the Duchess de Osuna and Don Pedro de Solís-Beaumont, 1946.

Doña Angela, Duchess de Osuna, with her daughters Doña María de Gracia, Duchess de Plasencia, and Doña Angela, Duchess de Arcos.

Doña María de Gracia de Solís-Beaumont y Téllez-Girón was born at Madrid on 12 March 1957. She was the younger daughter of Don Pedro de Solís-Beaumont y Lasso de Vega (1916-1959) and Doña Angela María Téllez-Girón y Duque de Estrada, Duchess de Osuna, etc. (1925-2015), who married in 1946. María de Gracia had one older sister: Doña Angela de Solis-Beaumont y Téllez-Girón, Duchess de Arcos (b.1950). In 1963, María de Gracia's mother remarried Don José Maria de Latorre y Montalvo (1925-1991). From this marriage, María de Gracia had two half-sisters: Doña María del Pilar de Latorre y Téllez-Girón, Duchess de Uceda (b.1965), and Doña María de la Asunción de Latorre y Téllez-Girón Montalvo, Duchess de Medina de Rioseco (b.1968). 

The Duchess de Plasencia with her mother the Duchess de Osuna.
Photograph (c) Don Carlo Ruspoli.
Doña María de Gracia Ruspoli y Solís-Beaumont, Marquesa del Villar de Grajanejos.

On 11 October 1975, Doña María de Gracia de Solís-Beaumont y Téllez-Girón married Don Carlo Ruspoli, Duca di Morignano (b.1949). The Duke di Morignano and the Duchess de Plasencia had one child: Doña María de Gracia Ruspoli y Solís-Beaumont (b.Madrid 16 June 1977), Marquesa del Villar de Grajanejos. On 28 November 2009, the Marchioness del Villar de Grajanejos married Don Javier Isidro González de Gregorio y Molina (b.Madrid 7 November 1971). Doña María de Gracia and Don Javier have two children: Doña María de Gracia González de Gregorio y Ruspoli (b.2015) and Doña Blanca Micaela González de Gregorio y Ruspoli (b.2018).

The Duchess de Plasencia and the Duke di Morignano.

María de Gracia de Solís-Beaumont y Téllez-Girón, Duchess de Plasencia, is survived by her husband Carlo, her daughter María de Gracia and her son-in-law Javier, and her granddaughters María de Gracia and Blanca.

May the Duchess Rest in Peace.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

A Right Royal Riddle: Who Am I?

A Gotha Quiz: Who Am I?

By Darren Shelton for the European Royal History Journal.
The man history named as my father was extremely flamboyant, a trait which eventually cost him dearly. 

Many at the time felt that my true father was the man who taught my 'official' parents the art of lovemaking. My arrival after many years of what appeared a barren marriage helped to confirm this.

I eventually succeeded as king at a young age. Time was to prove that ruling was not my forte. My wife came from a family that was successful in establishing her siblings on other thrones. 

My son was to eventually marry a woman from the same house as his mother. Through my daughter-in-law, my descendants had imperial connections, albeit due to adoption.

Due to my ineptness, my son was forced to live a life of much reduced circumstances.

As can be expected, I died a broken man.

Who am I?

The answer will be posted tomorrow.


I am King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (1778 – 1837).

Saturday, February 20, 2021

A Name for the Brooksbank Baby Boy

Mr Jack Brooksbank, Master August Brooksbank, and Princess Eugenie.

This from the Royal Family today: 

Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank have announced that they have named their son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. 

The couple have been touched by the well wishes they have received on the birth of their first child, and are delighted to share this first photograph as a family.

August in February.

Little August Brooksbank was born at London on 9 February 2021. He is the first child of Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie, who married in 2018. The couple have named their son in honor of his maternal great-grandfather Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921); they have also named him in honor of two of the baby’s 5 x great-grandfathers: Rev. Edward Hawke Brooksbank (1789-1883) on father Jack’s side and Baron Auguste Louis von Senarclens de Grancy (1794-1871) OR Prince Franz August Karl Albert Emanuel of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861; the Prince Consort) on mother Eugenie’s side.

Happy parents: Jack and Eugenie with their son.

Master August Brooksbank is eleventh in the line of succession to the British throne.

Friday, February 19, 2021

An American Bride for Lord Stormont, Heir to the Earl of Mansfield

William, Viscount Stormont.
Photograph (c) Robert Ormerod.
Charlotte Clune.
Photograph from LinkedIn.

On 20 February 2021, the engagement was announced between William Murray, Lord Stormont (b.1 November 1988) and Charlotte Clune (b.December 1989).

William Philip David Mungo Murray, Viscount Stormont, is the eldest son of Alexander Murray, 9th Earl of Mansfield, 8th Earl of Mansfield (b. 17 October 1956), and his wife Sophia Mary Veronica Ashbrooke (b.22 January 1959), who married in 1985. Lord Stormont's paternal grandparents are William David Mungo James Murray, 7th Earl of Mansfield, 8th Earl of Mansfield (7 July 1930-21 October 2015) and Pamela Joan Foster, who married on 19 December 1955. Lord Stormont's maternal grandparents are Philip Biden Derwent Ashbrooke (d.1993) and Veronica Philippa Stourton (b.31 October 1929), who married on 23 October 1954.

Charlotte Nevling Clune is the daughter Jonathan Edward Clune (b.17 December 1952) and his wife Sarah Gordon Potter (b.17 August 1950), who married on 10 September 1983 at the First Congregational Church, Deep River, CT. Charlotte's paternal grandparents are Edward Conrad Clune (17 November 1921-14 March 2004) and Margaret Mary Fagan (14 April 1916-June 1990), who married on 19 June 1950. Charlotte's maternal grandparents are Edward Barrie Vernon Potter (9 December 1920-8 May 2010) and Gloria Gordon (15 June 1927-29 October 2009), who married on 1 October 1949.

Our best wishes to the happy couple!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Princess Mechtilde zu Leiningen, Frau Bauscher (1936-2021)

Princess Mechtilde zu Leiningen and her husband Karl-Anton Bauscher speak with Hereditary Prince Kraft zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen at the funeral of Fürst Kraft zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 2004.

On 12 February 2021, Mechtilde Bauscher died at Bamberg. She was eighty-five years-old. 

Princess Mechtilde's mother Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna.

Born at Würzburg on 2 January 1936, HSH Princess Mechtilde Alexandra zu Leiningen was the fifth child and third daughter of Fürst Karl zu Leiningen (1898-1946) and his wife Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia (1907-1951). Karl and Maria, who married in 1925, had seven children born during their union: Fürst Emich (1926-1991; married Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg), Prince Karl Wladimir (1928-1990; married Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria), Princess Kira-Melita (1930-2005; married Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia), Princess Margarita (1932-1996; married Fürst Friedrich Wilhelm of Hohenzollern), Princess Mechtilde, Prince Friedrich (1938-1998), and Prince Peter-Viktor (1942-1943).

The death notice of Mechtilde Bauscher (née Princess zu Leiningen).

On 25 November 1961 at Amorbach, Princess Mechtilde zu Leiningen married Karl-Anton Bauscher (b.Grafenwöhr 26 August 1931), an engineer and the son of Rudolf Schöll and Hedwig Fischer. The Bauschers had three sons: Dr. Ulf Bauscher, Berthold Bauscher, and Johann Bauscher. Mechtilde and her family were very close to Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his family.

May the Princess Rest in Peace. 

The Duke of Roxburghe, One of Britain's Most Eligible Bachelors, Turns 40


His Grace the 11th Duke of Roxburghe.

Guy and Virginia, Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, with their children.

On 18 February 1981, Charles Robert George Innes-Kerr, Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, was born at Edinburgh to Guy and Jane, the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. Charles' parents, Guy Innes-Ker, 10th Duke of Roxburghe (1954-2019) and Lady Jane Grosvenor (b.1953; daughter of the Duke of Westminster), had wed in 1977. Guy and Jane had three children: Lady Rosanagh (b.1979; married James Walter Grimston, Viscount Grimston), Charles (the heir), Lord Edward (b.1984; married Celia Brook). Guy Roxburghe and Jane Grosvenor divorced in 1990. In 1992, the 10th Duke of Roxburghe married Virginia Mary Williams-Wynn, with whom he had two further children: Lady Isabella (b.1994), and Lord George (b.1996).

Charles Innes-Ker, Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, and the Hon. Charlotte Aitken.
Photograph (c) Ikon Pictures/REX/Shutterstock.

Charles Innes-Ker was educated at Eton College and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and dated Lord Beaverbrook’s daughter, the Hon. Charlotte Susanna Aitken (b.1982), for many years. On 22 July 2011, the couple were married at London. The wedding announcement placed in The Telegraph by the bride's father read as follows:

The marriage took place on Friday, July 22, at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London, between Charles, eldest son of the Duke of Roxburghe and Lady Jane Dawnay, and Charlotte, elder daughter of Lord and Lady Beaverbrook. Dom Edward Corbould officiated, assisted by the Rev Anthony Hogg. 

The bride was attended by Isabel Sanderson, Iris Goldsmith, Emilia Methven, Frankie Goldsmith, Milo Methven and Ben Way. Mr Freddy Galliers-Pratt was best man.
Sadly, the union of the Marquess and Marchioness of Bowmont and Cessford was not of long duration. Charles and Charlotte were divorced in June 2012.

Charles Innes-Ker and Morvarid Sahafi.
Photograph (c) Dominic O'Neill.

After a relationship of several years, in April 2016, Charles welcomed the birth of a daughter, Eugenie, with his partner Morvarid Sahafi, a fashion designer. Alas, the couple parted ways in 2019, which was the same year that Charles succeeded as 11th Duke of Roxburghe upon the death of his father Guy, who had been battling cancer. 

Father and son: Guy and Charles Innes-Ker.
Photograph (c) Rex Features.

The Duke of Roxburghe's primary residence is Floors Castle.

In January 2021, the engagement was announced between the Duke of Roxburghe and Annabel Green.

We wish His Grace many happy returns of the day!


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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Admitted to Hospital

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London yesterday evening. Born on 10 June 1921, the duke is ninety-nine years-old. The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to remain in hospital for a number of days. 

We send HRH our best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Eurohistory Thanks You For Your Continued Support!

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As always Eurohistory would like to thank everyone for their support during this time.

We understand that last year and 2021 continue to bring challenges to all of us. Please do your best to stay well and safe. We fervently hope that the rest of this year will bring us all better things and happier news.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Thirtieth Birthday of Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, Only Daughter of Grand Duke Henri

Princess Alexandra on Luxembourg's National Day in June 2019.
Photograph (c) Getty Images.

Today, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg celebrates her thirtieth birthday! 

Henri and Maria Teresa with their three eldest sons and their baby daughter.

Princess Alexandra as a toddler.
Photograph (c) Cour Grand-Ducale.

On 16 February 1991, HRH Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg was born at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital. The princess is the only daughter of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (b.1955) and his wife Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (b.1956). Henri and Maria Teresa married in 1981; they have five children: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume (b.1981), Prince Félix (b.1984), Prince Louis (b.1986), Princess Alexandra, and Prince Sébastian (b.1992). At her baptism on 23 March 1991, the princess received as godparents Prince Michel de Ligne, a son of Princess Alix of Luxembourg and Alexandra's father's paternal first cousin, and Archduchess Maria-Anna of Austria, the wife of Prince Piotr Galitzine and Alexandra's father's paternal second cousin.

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg on the occasion of her 21st birthday, 2012.
Photograph (c) Cour Grand-Ducale.

Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito of Japan with Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and Princess Alexandra during the Luxembourgish state visit to Japan, 2017.

According to the Grand Ducal website, Princess Alexandra attended primary school at Angelsberg and pursued her secondary education at the Lycée Vauban in Luxembourg. After completing a course in "psychology and social sciences" in the United States, Alexandra continued her studies in Paris where she obtained a license in philosophy with particular attention to ethics and anthropology. Princess Alexandra completed her studies at Trinity College in Dublin. In 2017, she received a masters degree in Interfaith Studies from the Irish School of Ecumenics with a specialisation in Conflict Resolution.

Princess Alexandra with brother Félix and sister-in-law Claire at the baptism of her niece Amalia.

In 2014, Princess Alexandra became the godmother of her niece Princess Amalia de Nassau, the daughter of Prince Félix and Princess Claire. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, who is currently sixth in the line of succession to the Grand Ducal throne, lives in Paris. 

The late Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg with son Henri and granddaughter Alexandra.

Happy Birthday to Her Royal Highness!

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Bourbon-Parma Family Welcomes a Baby Boy!

Prince Joseph and Princess Anna Louise of Bourbon-Parma on their wedding day.

On 21 January 2021, Joseph de Bourbon de Parme and his wife Anna Louise welcomed the birth of their first child, a son named Arthur. 

Prince Philippe and Princess Annette of Bourbon-Parma with their sons Jacques and Joseph.

Joseph and Anna Louise married in 2018. Joseph (b.1989) is the younger son of Prince Philippe of Bourbon-Parma (b.1949) and his wife Annette Smith (b.1955), who married in 1979. Joseph has an elder brother, Jacques (b.1986). Anna Louise (b.1988) is the daughter of Leo Budd and Lilla Vibeke Bøgeløv.

Prince Jacques of Bourbon-Parma and Countess Birgitte of Holstein-Ledreborg on their wedding day.
Photograph (c) Getty Images/Keystone-France.

Arthur de Bourbon de Parme (b.2021) is the paternal great-grandson of Prince Jacques of Bourbon-Parma (1922-1964) and Countess Birgitte of Holstein-Ledreborg (1922-2009). 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Review of FROM TYRANNY TO FREEDOM: MEMOIRS OF MY LIFE by Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth

The cover of From Tyranny to Freedom.

In 2016, Eurohistory published its 23rd book: From Tyranny to Freedom - Memoirs of My Life by Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth, former Princess Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Mrs. Richard C. B. Whitten).

Countess Viktoria-Luise zu Solms-Baruth.

From Freedom to Tyranny - Memoirs of My Life comprise the reminiscences of Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth, the first wife of Prince Friedrich Josias, youngest son and heir of Duke Carl Eduard of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She was, quite likely, the first German female of royal lineage to marry an American officer, Captain Richard "Dick" Whitten, whom she met early in 1947. Their love affair seemed like a whirlwind and by November the couple joined their destinies and settled down to a long marriage. Viktoria-Luise was an extraordinary woman. 

The marriage certificate of Captain Richard Whitten and Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth.
Viktoria-Luise arrives in the United States in 1948.

Following is a review of From Tyranny To Freedom by Seth B. Leonard:
Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth (1921-2003) led one of the most extraordinary lives imaginable.

Born to an extremely well-connected German noble family, her godmother and namesake was Viktoria-Luise’s maternal great-aunt, Auguste Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, the last German Empress and first wife of Wilhelm II. Viktoria-Luise was raised in a Germany reeling from the aftermath of defeat in World War I and she grew into adulthood during the dark days of the Third Reich. Her family was firmly against the Nazi regime, and eventually her father (and some other family members) was jailed because of his opposition to the insanely horrific policies of Adolf Hitler.

On the cusp of her 21st birthday, Viktoria-Luise wed her first cousin (their mothers were sisters) Prince Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. This union was of short duration due to the total incompatibility of their characters, but before divorcing the couple did have one child, Andreas, who his mother referred to as “my little prince.” Today Prince Andreas is the Head of the Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Now in his golden years, the Prince recently released his own compilation of memoirs (I did it my way). From what this reviewer has read and heard, Andreas seems to be much loved by the people of Coburg, the town of his ancestors which he has called home since he returned to Germany in the 1960s.

Not long after the defeat of the Axis Powers, a charming American army officer named Richard Whitten entered the scene. He and Viktoria-Luise fell in love and eventually married. This marriage brought much happiness and much change into Viktoria-Luise’s life. After living for a few years in Europe, the couple and their small children (Andreas and the couple’s young daughter, Victoria) moved to America.

The last chapters of this collection of reminiscences unfold as Viktoria-Luise (at times, quite hilariously) tells the reader of her adaption to life as a “normal” housewife in the United States. In addition to the different culture, she was faced with so many new responsibilities and situations, but she certainly learned how to “fit in” with the way of life in this country—all the while remaining conscious of her heritage and retaining close ties to all of her numerous royal and noble relatives in Europe. The book comes to a close in the 1950s; perhaps the author intended to share more, but simply ran out of earthly time.

If I recall correctly, these memoirs were written when Viktoria-Luise was an elderly lady living in Louisiana. Her personality jumps off the pages as when one reads her book. She is candid, funny (her sense of humor and self-deprecation made me burst into laughter several times), honest and “sharp as a tack.” It is almost as though you are sitting with her in her living room listening to her speak.

From Tyranny to Freedom—Memoirs of My Life is truly a top favorite on my shelf.

Read it and you will not fail to be charmed by this amazing woman.

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