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SOLD OUT: Prince Charles

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This event is SOLD OUT. You are welcome to register on our wait list.

Reception to follow
Registration begins April 12 at 9 am
Members $30

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

Sally Bedell Smith

Drawing on her exclusive access to the Royal Family’s inner circle, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith has published the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than two decades. In this illustrated lecture, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now. Smith captures the essence of a man who has been described as an eighteenth-century gentleman with a twenty-first-century mission—a life filled with contradictions and convictions. This is a lecture not just about a man who would be king, but also about the duties that come with privilege.

Sally Bedell Smith is the author of bestselling biographies of Queen Elizabeth II; William S. Paley; Pamela Harriman; Diana, Princess of Wales; John and Jacqueline Kennedy; and Bill and Hillary Clinton. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1996, she previously worked at Time and the New York Times, where she was a cultural news reporter. She is the mother of three and lives in Washington, DC with her husband.

This book talk is presented in conjunction with the Royal Oak Foundation.

Ever wonder about royal titles and positions? Schedule time in the Vershbow Special Collections Reading Room to examine His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales: The Origin of His Ancient Titles and the Ceremonial of Investiture for some clues. Or consult Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage, located in the reference department on the second floor for information on other royals and nobles.

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