CULTURE

Launch of ‘The Serpent and the Moon,’ without its royal author

Princess Michael of Kent was to visit Greece on May 16 to launch her new book «The Serpent and the Moon» at an official dinner at the Grand Balcony restaurant at the St George Lycabettus Hotel. The book focuses on the Renaissance, the French Queen Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II, and the king’s paramour Diane de Poitiers. Princess Michael, formerly Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, of Austrian descent, is a distant relative of both these women. The book has been launched in both the US and Britain by Simon & Schuster to good reviews. The witty book critic John Julius Norwich called it an «absolute minefield of knowledge.» The princess has written two other books – «Crowned in a Far Country: Eight Royal Brides» and «Cupid and the King: Five Royal Paramours.» Well-traveled, Princess Michael has been to the US, Canada, Argentina, Austria, Switzerland and Russia. Her trip to Athens was canceled, according to her publishers, due to a previous engagement in Oxford. With or without her, the St George Lycabettus will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on May 16 and launching a promotion titled «Tourism-Culture.» Austrian Ambassador Herbert Kroll, German Ambassador Wolfgang Schultheis, Hungarian Ambassador Csava Korosi and French Ambassador Bruno Delaye and Christopher Warren-Green, conductor of the Camerata – Friends of Music orchestras will all be sitting at the table of Nicholas and Matti Egon.