Friday, December 18, 2009

Mrs. Kingsland scorns her title

December 18, 1937

Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Kingsland "used to be very much in the social news of Paris," according to the Chicago Daily Tribune's Paris correspondent. The couple have resided for the the past few years in the United States but are now "on a short visit" to Paris and "will be much entertained" by friends.

Mrs. Kingsland is the former Princess Marie Louise d'Orleans, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Vendome. The Duchess of Vendome is the sister of the late King Albert of the Belgians. Princess Marie Louise, who eschews her royal titles and is "delighted to be simply Mrs. Walter Kingsland."

Her parents opposed to marriage to Walter Kingsland Her brother, the Duke de Nemours has also married an American, the former Peggy Watson of Washington, D.C., and Newport. Mr. and Mrs. Kingsland will remain in Paris for the next few days, and then will travel to Pau, near Biarritz to spend Christmas with Mr. Kingsland's brothers, Harold and Arthur, who "more or less reside there."

The Kingslands were married in Chichester, West Sussex, on December 12, 1928. The couple have no children. Marie Louise's first marriage to Prince Philippe of Bourbon-Two Sicilies ended in divorce in 1925. They had one son, Prince Gaetano, who was born in 1917.

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