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Royal singles: Profiles of the world's most eligible aristocrats Paperback – 1985
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"Introduction", and "How To Marry A Royal Single", are still viable, contain wealths of information, and are worth the price of the book, all by themselves!
The title of the book, "ROYAL SINGLES", will get any romantically-inclined person's heart racing, whether that person is male or female! It is subtitled, "Profiles of the World's Most Eligible Aristocrats" -- for not only royalty, but the scions, (both male and female), of the leading and wealthiest aristocratic families around the world, are also profiled.
Each royal, or high-placed aristocrat, is given two pages in this book. One is a full-page black and white photograph. It is either a formal portrait, or, (more likely), a well-taken photo from a newspaper or magazine. (Acknowledgements are given for these photgraphs on the copyright page, and include everyone from the names of five private, individuals, through those from Camera Press, UPI, Women's Wear Daily and Times Newspapers, to those from official sources, such as the Belgian Foreign Office, the Luxembourg Foreign Office, the Thailand Information Office, and the Royal Danish Ministry. The selection of photos is very good, for not only do they show these very attractive
royals and top-drawer aristocrats, (mostly head-shots, head and shoulder shots, and 3/4 views), in the midst of their daily lives, but also, it seems, most of the photographic portraits also suggest much of the personality of the individuals portrayed.
Facing the photograph of each individual is a written portrait -- as close to a personality analysis as protocol, (and, most probably, the aristocratic or royal person being written about), allowed.
Here, for example, is what is said about VISCOUNT LINLEY, the son of Princess Margaret, and nephew of Queen Elizabeth II:
DAVID ARMSTRONG-JONES IS NOT A PEER. HE TAKES THE SUBSIDIARY TITLE FROM HIS FATHER'S EARLDOM OF SNOWDON. IT IS A COURTESY TITLE; THEREFORE HE IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS. HE WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 3, 1961.
HE IS AN ARTIST AND A CRAFTSMAN. His particular form of creativity is woodwork -- though surely, "marquettry" sounds a bit more aristocratic.
After attending Beldales, he studied furniture at the John Makepeace School. He designed and constructed a table inlaid with glass as a wedding present for Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Recently, he exhibited at the Decorative Arts Plaza in Miami. During his stay there, he put in lots of time on water skis.
In London, Lord Linley is very visible. He attends lots of parties with the young royal crowd. A good place to bump into him might be an exhibition in a West End art gallery. These exhibitions are easy to get into -- just put your name in the gallery visitors' book. So far, his biggest love affair has been with a dark, 1966 MGB sportscar, but he has exchanged this for a BMW motorcycle.
Though once described as a "curly-haired John McEnroe", Lord Linley is far from agressive. On the contrary, he is somewhat defensive -- even shy. When questioned about royal matters, he is inclined to bristle, and say: "I'm not in the Royal Family!", though he admits to being, "on its fringes."
Perhaps someone ought to point out that he's ninth in line of succession to the throne, and the Queen's nephew. However, he receives no allowance from the Civil List, and will have to earn a living. Given his genuine talent, his connections, and his name, he should get along quite well.
This is a great summary of Lord Linley's life and personality -- up to the year 1985, that is, the year when this book was published. That is the one even the most admiring of readers must have of this book. It needs updating -- badly! (And please, please....soon!!!!!!)
Still, it's fun to look at the revealing portraits, and read the revealing words, about royals and aristocrats from all over the world!
Aristocrats and royals from the following countries are profiled: England, Greece, Monaco, Luxembourg, Italy, Romania, Swaziland, Liechenstein, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Bhutan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, San Marino, Morocco, Thailand, and Russia. A special section, at the end of the book, is entitled, "ROYALS WORTH WAITING FOR", and in this section are the "child" royals of 1985, (all of whom have since grown up, of course), including the younger royals of Holland, Sweden, Nepal -- and a baby from England, (Prince William!)
In the intervening years, (23 of them, as of this writing!), most of these "Royal Singles" have married. All of them have grown older. Some still could be single, however, and it's fun for the reader, (at least, it is for this reader), to search out the names on the internet, to see what has become of these royal personages....and to see which ones, if any, are still eligibly single! It's also fun to see portraits of them as they were in 1985: the recently-married CROWN PRINCE FREDERICK OF DENMARK appears as a happy, smiling, normal little boy, with sparkles of mischief, intelligence, and humour in his eyes and face.... And the truth is, he has since won several popularity contests in Denmark, far ahead of movie stars and star athletes. (This is NOT always the case, especially in a constitutional monarchy, where people can put their real feelings into popularity contests, without any fear of reprisals!) Prince Frederick's recent bride, (they were married on May 14, 2005), is the beautiful Princess Mary. She was born a commoner, and was a real-estate sales-person in Tasmania! They met at a party, and her name then was Mary Elizabeth Donaldson. In true fairy-tale style, Ms. Donaldson fell in love with the Crown Prince, not knowing, (at first), who he was at all!
In the last paragraph of the "Introduction" to this book, Mr. Egerton-Thomas states: "....The real winner could be Mrs. Thatcher's son, Mark. A courtesy title leading to an earldom could add tone to his act. He might even be included in a future edition of ROYAL SINGLES!"
....The world of romantic men and women in the 21st century -- which secretly must grow in population each day -- is most eagerly awaiting this future edition of this book! Hopefully, from Mr. Egerton-Thomas himself, but, if not, from any other author who wishes to draw inspiration, for an updated edition, from this wonderfully detailed, delightfully illustrated, engrossingly written, and highly authentic book! (Please, someone....a new, updated edition of this book....soon!)