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A Royal Oak Foundation Event: Sally Bedell Smith

May 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Royal Oak Foundation presents

Sally Bedell Smith ~ Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

To purchase tickets click here or call 800-913-6565, x. 201

If you a member of the Charleston Library Society, use the co-sponsor code to get the discounted member price. The code is 17SCHLIB

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 children and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Stephen G. Smith.

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

Drawing on her extensive access to the Royal Family’s inner circle, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith presents the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than two decades.

In this illustrated lecture, based on her new book Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (April, 2017), Ms. Smith will give unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role of monarch.

Beginning with his childhood, Smith will detail his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his love affairs—from the tragedy of his marriage to Diana to his eventual reunion with Camilla.

She will also describe his relationship with the next generation of royals, including William, Katherine, Harry, and his beloved grandchildren. Ms. Smith captures a man who has been described as an 18th-century gentleman with a 21st-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.


May 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm