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Re: Karen Blixen and Queen Alexandra
Thanks for the clarification. I thought Bror had the safari venture before he married Karen & they started the coffee farm. Even if that was before King Edward died he was probably not going on safaris any longer.
Thanks for your help Kirsten. Yes, she was still married to Bror. However, I think his safari business didn't come about until later. I know Bror was safari guide to Queen Alexandra's grandson, David the Prince of Wales. Queen Alexandra's husband would have died before Bror and Karen ever went to Kenya.
Interesting find, Juan Primero.
In 1916 Karen was still married to Bror von Blixen-Finecke who previously had a safari guide business in Africe. One of his clients was Queen Alexandra's husband. Maybe one of the connections?
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.
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