Thursday, April 28, 2011

British princes have lunch with their cousin, Ena

April 28, 1931

The Prince of Wales and Prince George were in Fontainebleau, France, today for a luncheon with their cousin, Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain.   But they returned too late to Paris to fly to London, according to the New York Times.  The two British princes, sons of King George V, expect to "finish their 18,000 mile trip from South America to London" tomorrow.

The two princes also paid a "courtesy call" on French President Doumerge, whose term ends in June.   The Prince of Wales and Prince George will now fly from Le Bourget instead of the Orly Airdrome.

Back in England, at Windsor Great Park, a crowd had gathered to welcome the two princes back from their trip to South America.  The Associated Press reports, however, that the crowd went home "disappointed" after it was announced that the flight from Paris was delayed until tomorrow.

The Duke of York had also arranged to welcome his brothers' home, but he canceled his plans after learning of the delay.  The Prince of Wales' cairn terrier was also on hand "in the park and amused the crowd by dashing among officials to control him."

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