Monday, December 5, 2011

Nazis want Michael to marry a Bavarian princess

December 5, 1941

King Michael of Romania is in Florence, Italy, where he is visiting his mother, Princess Helen.  He is expected to consult her about a "marriage offer received through German authorities," reports United Press, which received the report today in Vichy, France.

It is understood that Nazi officials want Michael to marry eighteen-year-old Princess Irmingard, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and his wife, Princess Antonia of Luxembourg.

Princess Antonia is a younger sister of Grand Duchess Charlotte, who is now living in the United States.

The Germans are "reportedly anxious" for King Michael to marry and "provide the Romanian throne with an heir" in order to prevent the possible return of King Carol II, who is now in Mexico.

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