January 28, 1930
Count Alexander of Hochberg, the fiancee of Princess Ileana, drove through Bucharest today with Ileana's young nephew, King Michael. They drove from the Cotroceni Palace, the resident of Queen Marie, where the count is staying, to the Chaussee Palace, where he dined with Michael's mother, Princess Helen, according to the New York Times.
The count first met Ileana last summer in Germany. He will celebrate his 25th birthday on February 1 "by an official celebration of his engagement." The Roumanian public has only just learned that the count has been in Bucharest for several weeks. The media's original criticism of the count, who is the second son of the Prince of Pless, and will not inherit the family estates, has since been muted, and today "the press generally expresses satisfaction."
It is understood that the marriage will take place on February 19, although there is no official confirmation of this as it is "impossible to obtain any statement on the the subject of the engagement" until after the Prime Minister makes a statement. This is expected to happen in the next few days.