As you know, my granddaughter Pamela is obsessed with the Royals. And why not? I was the same at her age. Now, the little muffin has a royal goal. To work at Buckingham Palace as a Royal Intern this summer. WHO KNEW that such a thing existed? But Lo and behold, one CAN apply to for an internship here, at the Summer Interniship at Buckingham Palace Application Page. Pamela asked me if I thought she would get "tips" above and beyond her salary as an intern. I explained firmly that tipping servants is a grossly vulgar act. I always say to my houseguests, "Please do not offer tips to my servants. Their contract is with this special understanding, and proper arrangements have been made to meet it; you will not only create ‘a situation,’ but cause the immediate dismissal of any one who may be persuaded by you to break this rule of the house.”
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her name day today with her favorite gift--a Labrador Retriever!!! Of all the royals, I personally find HRH Victoria the most refreshing an down-to-earth. We spent an afternoon together last summer in Baden-Baden, taking the waters and chatting about history, of which she is a maven. All royals should watch and learn from this wonderful Princess.
I have a fondness for the young Lydia Hearst for the obvious reason that she shares my name. Many of you know how I feel about my name. I think Lydia is one of the loveliest names a young lady can be blessed with and I thank the Lord everyday that my mother chose it for me. Secondly, Lydia is a member of the Hearst family, and Hearsts and Van der Loops have been travelling in the same circles for many generations. My Great Uncle Horatio Egglston was at Yale with Binky Hearst and my mother was a bridesmaid at Taffy Hearst's wedding. That is why I feel I cna say this: for a yougn woman of breeding it is entirely vulgar to be involved in the "marketeting and manufacture of purses." This type of thing is better left to the tradesman set. I think Lydia would be so much better served if she were to take up horse jumping, or perhaps breeding roses. The Lydia Hearst Rose sounds perfect, don't you think? As ever, Lydia.