Rosemary O'Kinneide

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Rosemary O'Kinneide (1918-2005) was one of five children of Joseph F. O'Kinneide Sr. By all accounts a vivacious and fun-loving character, she disappointed her parents by refusing to marry as did all her siblings save Joseph Jr. Then, during the Second Great War, she became engaged to a much older man, Prince Henry, Duke of Doncaster and Inverness, a point of controversy in both the NAL and in Federated Kingdoms. Sadly, Prince Henry was killed aboard the H.M.S.Gloriana before the wedding could take place.

The love affair between the two has been dramatized at least twice: First in a play titled Summer in Inverness which premiered on the New Amsterdam stage in 1958 and has been popular ever since, and again in a made-for-television film Henri et Rosemarie produced in Louisianne in 1992. The latter was controversial for a variety of reasons, including the positive portrayal of royalty (an issue among more hard-core republicans and Anti-Snorists) and the depiction of the relationship of a passionately sexual one. Rosemary was quoted as saying she liked both versions.

Rosemary pursued a career in public service, becoming an organizer of charities including relief for victims of atomic weapons. The O'Kinneide Foundation, a philanthropic organization which after her father's death in 1968 was responsible for the bulk of the O'Kinneide family fortune, elected Rosemary to Chairmanship of its board in 1971. She retired in 1999 and died in 2005 of a heart attack. At her request, she was buried in Scotland, and several memembers of the Anglo-Scottish royal family attended the funeral (she had befriended Edward VI and Diana I).

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