Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Secret operation for Marie

September 21, 1931

A "carefully disguised secret" regarding Dowager Queen Marie's health was made public today, reports the Associated Press.   The Queen underwent a "a serious operation" in July "immediately after the marriage" of her youngest daughter, Princess Ileana.

The Queen's "symptoms were so threatening" that surgeons decided to perform the operation at the royal family's summer home at Sinaia.  An operating table and "seventeen cases of surgical instruments" were taken to the castle for the operation.

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