Friday, January 22, 2010

Haakon and Maud leave Norway

January 22, 1936

The AP is reporting that King Haakon and Queen Maud left Norway today for London to attend the funeral of the queen's brother, King George V.

The New York Times reports that King Carol II of Roumania, "whom the late King George refused to receive at Buckingham Palace," will be attending the funeral. Ever since Carol abandoned his wife, Helen, for Elena Lupescu, he has been "persona non grata at the Court of St. James." In 1934, his mother, Queen Marie, a first cousin of King George, "came to London to intervene on his behalf," but the British king was "adamant," and would not meet with Carol.
King Carol, "with the Kings of the Belgians, Norway, and Denmark," will walk in the procession behind the British king's body.

Other foreign royals who are expected to attend the wedding are Queen Maud of Norway, King George's sister, and Crown Prince Olav; Prince Axel of Denmark; the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Sweden; Prince Charles of Belgium; Prince George of Greece, representing King George II of the Hellenes and Crown Prince Paul; Prince Paul, the regent of Yugoslavia; Prince Felix of Luxembourg, who is the husband of Grand Duchess Charlotte and the Crown Prince of Egypt.
The Belgian, Danish and Norwegians monarchs "will be escorted across the English Channel" by the Montrose, the British flotilla leader, and four destroyers.

The German delegation will include the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a first cousin of the late king.

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