Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Queen Margherita has infuenza

December 16, 1925

Queen Margherita, the Dowager Queen of Italy, has influenza and is recuperating at her home at Bordighera, near Genoa, according to news reports. The Queen, who is 74 years old, is the widow of the King Umberto I who was assassinated in 1900. Her son, King Vittorio Emanuele III, remains in Rome as his mother is expected to recover.
The Associated Press is reporting that the queen is suffering from pleurisy in her right lung "and her condition is "causing some anxiety." Her brother, the Duke of Genoa, "was hastily summoned today," and the king and queen "are advised frequently" on her condition. Crown Prince Umberto "ordered services" in the cathedral at Turin for his grandmother's recovery. The mass was attended "by large crowds."

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