28 August 2005

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I took a constitutional today with Mrs Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

2 comments:

Ova Girl said...

It's all about that hat really.

sbs said...

Mrs VW was on splendid form. She had the most outrageous gossip about the Duke of Marlborough. Modesty forbids.

Actually she was an American called Heather and we were at Hampton Court. She was our guide around the gardens, and had chosen to act the part of Mrs VW, having read up about the great art collector to an impressive degree. She delivered a breathless narrative about Mrs VW's love life that was very entertaining, and reminded us of the Jeeves and Wooster stories about title-hunting American heiresses. And apart from being very decorative and a terrific sport, she was also very knowledgeable about the architecture, gardens and so on. And she did have some gossip actually, which I can't share...