Friday, March 19, 2010

Prince Eugen to wed Olga of Württemberg

March 19, 1898

The Chicago Daily Tribune has received word from Rome that Prince Eugen, the youngest son of King Oscar II of Sweden, is engaged Duchess Olga of Württemberg. Eugen, known as the "Red Prince," for his "predilection for red in colors." He is an "artist of no means ability," and is very "democratic in his ways." Eugene mixes "in a familiar manner with brotherly artists, and takes part in their bohemian life."
He has a "large fortune of his own," and Duchess Olga is "one of the wealthiest princesses in Europe," ans her mother, is the former Grand Duchess of Russia. Olga and her mother are in Rome, as is Prince Eugen, and King Oscar "is shortly expected."

4 comments:

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Prince Eugène was not the marrying kind, it appears.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I know that, but I found the story amusing ... however, Eugen would not have been the first gay prince to marry. Olga's sister was briefly engaged to young Alfred of Coburg.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Being gay does in no way preclude marriage, that is true. I was reacting to the news pape speculation ;=)

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

One wonders at the rumors of so many engagements that never happened ...