IRAQ: Preferred Blonde

As a child ensconced on the throne of Iraq at the age of three, King Feisal liked toy tanks and lollipops. In a 19-year maturing process that included three years at England's Harrow, his tastes expanded to include a decided predilection for blondes, a commodity not always easily come by in the black-eyed Middle East.

The dark-eyed, black-haired bachelor king's search for a wife and Queen was further circumscribed by the requirement that she be of noble birth and a devout Moslem. An early attempt to announce his troth—to a five-year-old daughter of...

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