Posted October 16th, 2006
A photo, taken in 1963, of the young Comptesse Brigitte d’Aramon standing in the dunes at the Warren beach, Abersoch, North Wales, nonchalantly chewing a blade of grass. The Warren was then just a caravan site but has since evolved into an upmarket holiday park with smart chalets only, popular with the North West of England's nouveau riche.
Apparently Brigitte, only fourteen or fifteen years old, was already a Countess. Stunningly beautiful, she was a summer guest of people called Vennings who owned or rented a caravan at the Warren and who were known to my parents. At the same time there was also a German girl of the same age, whose name was Bärbel Rost.
This is an arresting and sexy image - the easy pose, the play of sunlight, and blades of dune grass poking up as a fledgeling aristocrat emerges, gleaming, untouchable, into a world of privilege.