Monday, January 30, 2012

Boris to marry Princess Jolanda

January 30, 1922

King Boris of Bulgaria is about to announce his engagement to Princess Jolanda of Italy, according to a New York Times dispatch from Rome, which quotes Sofia newspapers. 

This engagement "will arouse divided opinions" in Italy.  The marriage will undoubtedly strengthen Bulgaria's dynasty among other European nations, especially Yugoslavia, Romania and Greece.

Princess Jolanda is the eldest daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele and Queen Elena.  She was born at the Quirinal on June 1, 1901.  The Princess is Roman Catholic.

King Boris, who is six years older than the princess, was baptised as an infant, according to the Roman Catholic rites, but two years later, he was received into the Orthodox faith, as the Bulgarian constitution requires the heir to the throne be raised in the Orthodox church.

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