CULTURE

More about the visit of Princess Michael

During her recent visit to Athens to present her book «The Serpent and the Moon,» Princess Michael of Kent set an example of how an author should go about such a task. We wrote in an earlier edition about the book and the social events that surrounded the visit of the princess, who launched the book last year in London at Annabel’s. Originally Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz of Austria, her latest book is about Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henry II of France, the «moon» in the title. The «serpent» refers to Henry’s wife, Catherine de Medici. Princess Michael is the wife of Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, the second son of the Duke of Kent and his wife Princess Marina of Greece, and 29th in succession to the British throne. The princess gave an amusing and interesting lecture at the Grand Balcon restaurant, owned by her friend Irene Vassilopoulou, about how Diane de Poitiers used to swim naked in the sea and take daily baths (unheard of at that time). Asked to comment on the press’s interest in her many visits to Russia, the princess smiled. «I have friends everywhere,» she said.