March 30, 1926
The Italian newspaper La Tribuna says that the official announcement of the engagement between Crown Prince Umberto and Princess Marie José of Belgium will not be made public until after Umberto's visit to Brussels. The Italian court is in mourning for the late Queen Mother Margherita, reports the Associated Press.
The Italian media is largely enthusiastic about a marriage that links the houses of Savoy and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Princess Marie José, 20, is the only daughter of King Albert and Queen Elisabeth. As early as 1922, there were "intermittent reports" of her engagement to Umberto.
The Crown Prince of Italy is 22, and is one of Europe's most sought after princes. Queen Marie "was reported to look upon him as a good husband" for her youngest daughter, Ileana.
Umberto has also been linked to the Infantas Beatriz and Maria Cristina of Spain, the daughters of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Ena.