August 21, 1921.
King Alexander of Jugo-Slavia is showing a "marked improvement" in his health, according to a report published in the New York Times. The king remains in Paris. He is refusing to return to Belgrade to "ascend the throne." Alexander's "hesitancy to accept the crown has now grown into a decision to refuse throne," according to a local paper, The People. "Two loving hearts in a cottage are preferable to a throne and subjects in a our day."
A Belgrade newspaper is reporting that Alexander will become engaged to Princess Sophie of Orleans, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Vendome. A previous report about an engagement between Alexander and Princess Mary of the United Kingdom was officially denied.
[Note: Sophie was mentally handicapped, and never married.]