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Karen Blixen and Queen Alexandra
Posted by Juan Primero
on 12/8/2020, 8:35:07
I am currently reading the book Letters from Africa 1914 - 1931, The private story behind Karen Blixen's great memoir Out of Africa. In November 1916 Karen is in London on her way from Denmark to Kenya. She writes to her mother "Today we visited Queen Alexandra, who was quite exceptionally gracious and kind". I'm confused as to why she would have met with Queen Alexandra. Wikipedia states that her father, Wilhelm Dinesen, came from a family of Jutland landowners closely connected to the monarchy. Her mother, Ingeborg Westenholz, came from a wealthy Unitarian bourgeois merchant family. So, from birth was she considered part of the aristocracy? Was Queen Alexandra in the habit of meeting with Danish aristocracy if they were in London? Or was it simply that the Dinesen family was closely connected to the monarchy? Forgive me if the answer is really right in front of my face. While I enjoy learning about monarchies, I really never study the aristocracy.
- Karen Blixen and Queen Alexandra - Juan Primero 12/8/2020, 8:35:07
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