Thursday, August 21, 2008

King Alexander doing better

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.]


aurelie said...

Marlene,I know that princess Sophie of Bourbon Orleans (nee 1898) died in 1928,only 30 years old.What dou you know about her life and about her death ? She suffered of schizofrenia or of what ? Please,post a picture of Sophie ! Thanks.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

The New York Times and the The Times (London) mention that she died at the age of 30. The cause of death is not included in the obituary.

Anonymous said...

I visited her tomb in the Bourbon-Orléans royal vault of " La Chapelle Royale " at Dreux ( near Paris ) She is near her parents, Emmanuel duc de Vendôme and his wife Henriette of Belgium, sister of Alber the first. She was indeed 30 years old when she died.

Eric VdV said...

Princess Sophie of Orléans died suddenly from a failure of the muscle of the heart (don't know if this is correct in English)

Source: the wonderful book in French "Henriette, Duchesse de Vendôme" by Dominique Paoli

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

thanks, Eric!

aurelie said...

thank you.