Tag: Helen of France

Family Portrait, IX

Helen of France, the Duchess of Aosta, returned from one of her African expeditions with two children bought from a slave market. The children became her pages at the Capodimonte Palace in Naples. One day, while the duchess was away from home, her elder sister, Queen Amelie of Portugal, had the children baptized. After informing her sister,…

Family Portrait, VII

In 1962, General de Gaulle and his wife made an official visit to Athens. King Paul, Queen Frederica, Crown Prince Constantine, Princess Irene and myself welcomed them at the airport. This visit was unforgettable for all, beginning with myself.   A pavilion built for a charity ball in the gardens of the Orléans House outside London….