Beautiful, vivacious and fabulously wealthy, they were known as the Dollar Princesses. At the end of the 19th century, hundreds of eligible young women turned their backs on America and crossed the Atlantic, with a steely glint in their eyes. The only intention was to snare a member of the British aristocracy.

It might all seem terribly crass but, in fact, these were matches made in heaven. In return for receiving titles, the daughters of US millionaires offered fistfuls of much-needed cash.

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