Knickerbocker, Cholly, Shamokin News-Dispatch (Shamokin, Pennsylvania) 4 February 1959, p 4
BC31' uu" m ljOa0a court circles since The Smart Set By Cholly KnickerbockeO The International Express: The blg- the buzz-bomb is the increasing royal responsibility now being shouldered by Princess Alexandra and the way she's been substituting in the Mayfair social swim for her cousin. Princess Margaret. Society's regular night-crawlers in London's jazzy Casanova Club did a royal "take" recently when the Princess, who seldom "lives it up" on tha L. e sMtt turned up m 01(5 comPany of Sir Antony Eden's son, Nicholas, and danced till the wee hours. Increasingly fashionable and sophisticated, she drank JOS champagne, dined on "Tournedos Prin-. cess Alexandra" and even cracked a few jokes on leaving. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, has just hired an assistant to help her daughter's over-burdened private secretary. This is an omen (as Princess Margaret fades happily more and more from the limelight) that bodes increased royal reliance on the 22-year-old Alexandra and her younger brother, 17-year-old Prince Michael. (Their older brother, the Duke of Kent, who is seventh in line to the thronefV serving with the army in GermanyV' Alexandra and Michael are especially needed on the home front since the Queen and Prince Philip will be out of England much of 1959 on their rigorous world-travel schedule. The noblest Romans of them all are gabbing about the Duke Visconti di Modrone's request for an annulment of his marriage to the celebrated Italian actress Laura Adani. Luigi. as he is called, was previously wed to Countess Madina Arrivabene and now would like to achieve the same status with Laura so he can marry someone else. Laura, currently acting in Milan, Is heartbroken. Princess Soraya is smarting under the edict of her ex, the Shah of Iran, that she must wait to re-marry until he's found another Queen . . . They're saying that the young Aga Khan gifted his Mexican sweetheart, Sylvia. Casa-blancas, with a diamond and ruby necklace, bracelet and earrings. Papa Casa-blancas made her return them. Remember, Karim, just candy and flow-ers, please ... The Baroness Blixen (Danish author Isak Dinesen) is stopping traffic in New York. At the Callas concert her admirers jammed the aisle during intermission and the other day at the Colony she was such a picture of turbaned elegance that the Met'j Cesare Bardelli said, "This is the operatic character I have ever seer stage."