Thursday, June 11, 2009

Is the Prince of Wales about to become engaged?

June 11, 1929

The AP reports that "belief is growing in some quarters here that an announcement of the engagement of the prince of Wales to Princess Ingrid, 19-year-old daughter of the Crown Prince of Sweden, may be made within the next two weeks."

There are two possible events where the engagement will be announced: the prince of Wales' 35th birthday on June 23 or the elaborate ball that has been arranged by the Swedish Embassy for Princess Ingrid, which will be held on June 14.

Princess Ingrid and the Prince of Wales are second cousins. Ingrid's mother was Princess Margaret of Connaught.

This is not the first time that there have been rumors of a marriage between the heir to the British throne and the Swedish princess, but "never before has there been the combination of circumstances and events giving background and lending weight to the reports."


Anonymous said...

Just noticed this one. Perhaps I should book-mark it for the next time some newspaper starts going off on how Prince William's getting engaged next week and we should all get ready for a royal wedding.

Papers make mistakes and have been doing it for centuries.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I would not call it a mistake. A princess visits London - and voila! an engagement is to be expected. Ingrid was certainly in England to try and hook a prince - either the POW or the Duke of Kent. She would have been a wonderful queen consort. I wrote two articles for Majesty magazine several years ago about rumored marriages.