Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board
MarkM posts on 5/8/2011 12:21:19 AM
Conventional wisdom is that when someone publicly publishes his or her memoirs, that person is choosing to open him or herself up to public scrutiny. A published memoir (or series of memoirs) gives someone a strongly one-sided opportunity to give their side of the story, so there really is nothing wrong with the public pointing out apparent inconsistencies.
RYARISTO, it is my understanding that maintaining a large estate is quite expensive, which is why many noble families have sold off their estates, or opened them up for public use as museums or even inns. I can't fault the Countess for selling her jewels and keeping her lands; ancestral land seems more intrinsically valuable (both tangibly and intangibly) to me than some silly baubles. I'd sell family jewels before I sold family land any day.
Anita posts on 5/7/2011 2:24:04 PM
I will Google and see about the auction. But, who is running the Auction? Is it Sotheby's?
RYARISTO posts on 5/7/2011 11:54:22 AM
The Countess of selling her jewels. The auction is being held 5/17 in Geneva. Google and see. I guess she might need the money?
Roseanne H posts on 5/6/2011 9:31:59 AM
With respect to the continuous rants and accusations from two or three posters, the Countess does not frequent this board, and is, therefore, not here to defend herself against what she had once described as foolish persons to whom she pays no attention. I will, however, be happy to repeat what I have shared previously on this board.
The Countess considered Edmundo Lassalle her best friend during her OSS years in Madrid, and he is the character whom she has portrayed most exactly, according to her.
Apparently, he committed suicide in London because he was caught stealing something in Harrods and was unable to face the consequences. Although he was a kleptomaniac, he was an exceptionally kind and a loyal friend to the Countess.
The Countess never wrote in her books, to the best of my recollection, that Lassalle worked for the CIA and then was killed by the KGB, as Mr. Huddleston and his wife, Pepita, have claimed.
It also appears that Pepita Huddleston was never known to those who worked at the OSS with Lassalle, as he never had contact with her, nor did Pepita have contact with Princess Agatha Ratibor, whom Lassalle married in 1946. In the fifties, Lassalle married a New York socialite and had three children with her.
Mrs. Huddleston stated on this board QUOTE I know what my father did when assigned to the OSS and I know that he never served with the CIA … then killed by the KGB … END QUOTE. She also shared that her husband QUOTE flew 36 combat missions in WW II as a fighter pilot. The air war over Germany was a bit more dangerous than what OSS agents, my father included, ever encountered in Spain END QUOTE.
I will again applaud the heroic service to our country that Mr. Huddleston and others have made, but I also feel that those on the ground, like the Countess and her colleagues, made just as much as a sacrifice and service to their country. To state otherwise is not only unAmerican, but the epitome of arrogance.
Anita posts on 4/28/2011 1:03:47 PM
Mark M.: I did see the movie "The Shooting Party" from the 1980's but would like to see it again,now that you mentioned it.You are correct it was very "Edwardian", indeed.
MarkM posts on 4/28/2011 11:43:03 AM
Care to elaborate on what you don't think people are being realistic about, RYARISTO?
RYARISTO posts on 4/28/2011 2:06:31 AM
Oh my GOD! Let's be realistic! Pull your head out people who post on this board!
MarkM posts on 4/28/2011 12:21:41 AM
Ever seen the movie The Shooting Party from the mid 80s? Good flick, especially if the idea of a genteel Edwardian weekend party at a country estate appeals to you.
The full list of 1,900 guests hasn't been released, but a selected list is here:
officialroyalwedding2011 dot org
From that list, it appears that just being foreign nobility doesn't get one on the list. Even being a member of foreign royalty won't get you there; you probably have to be a crown prince or higher, or otherwise have some close personal connection to the family. Were Romanones and Diana close friends?
Angela posts on 4/27/2011 9:33:29 PM
Anita, talk about another beautiful and intriguing American born royal, Queen Nor. She is as intelligent and classy as Aline. You're right about those shooting parties. They sound like a blast (Ha ha) except for some of the greasy meals they served up for the guests. Don't forget your Peptobismol on that outing!
Anita posts on 4/27/2011 5:39:57 PM
All things considered, I wonder if the Countess of Romanones, is on the guest list for the Royal Wedding. I suspect she is. I also think that maybe Queen Nor, from Jordan is also on the list. These people all travel in the same European social circles. Also, I bet the Duchess of Alba too, is on the guest list. Reminds me of those extravagant parties and "shoots" she speaks of in her book. They all sounded wonderfully entertaining, interesting, and fun.
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