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Count Adrian de Suiza, an author and historian who was a member of the Spanish royal family, died Saturday. He was 84. His wife, Countess Trudy de Suiza, said that she came home to their condo in the Waterview Tower on Flagler Drive around 5 p.m., to find that he had passed away. De Suiza was raised in France, where the family fled to escape the Spanish Civil War. In 1940, when he was barely 16, he joined the British army. After WWII he and his family returned to Spain. In the 1960s and 70s, the late Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco dispatched him to Paris where he served as a diplomat and a spy. His friends included prime ministers, ambassadors and heads of multinational corporations. He moved to West Palm Beach in 1992, where he published a book about Spain's Queen Isabella called Isabella: Power, Glory and Dust. In recent years, De Suiza lectured on Spanish history before rapt audiences on Palm Beach. "He was a very, very special human being," Countess de Suiza said Saturday.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from July 11 to July 16, 2009
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