Friday, February 25, 2011

Margaret to marry Gustaf Adolf: official

February 25, 1905

It's official.  The Duke and Duchess of Connaught have announced the engagement of their daughter, Princess Margaret, to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and Norway, the eldest son of Crown Prince Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria.
The bride-to-be's uncle, King Edward VII, has "given his sanction and approval to the engagement," reports the Chicago Daily Tribune.
The date of the wedding has not been set.

Prince Gustaf Adolf is a "dashing army officer and sportsman."  He is said to be "extremely popular with both Swedes and Norwegians."

The official announcement was made in the Court Circular.  "Their Majesties the King and Queen to-day received the gratifying intelligence of the betrothal of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret Victoria Augusta Charlotte Norah of Connaught, eldest daughter of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught to His Royal Highness Prince Oscar Frederick William Olaf Gustavus Adolphus, Duke of Schonen, eldest son of Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Sweden and Norway, and Grandson of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden and Norway.
"Their impending marriage has the King's entire sanction and approval."

Prince Gustaf Adolf's mother,  the former Princess Victoria of Baden, is the daughter of the late Emperor Friedrich's sister, Luise, and Princess Margaret is "of course, the niece, of the late Empress Frederick," reports the The Times of London.

The announcement of the engagement has elicited "general expressions of joy" in Sweden.

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