Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Belgian queen in secret visit to Denmark

April 18, 1926

The Danish newspaper Politiken has reported that Queen Elisabeth of Belgium "recently paid an incognito visit to the Danish Court," which was kept secret, according to the Associated Press.

The AP has learned from a diplomatic source that "there was talk of an alliance" between Princess Marie José of Belgium and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.   This has not been verified, however.

Denmark is one of the few European monarchies where "a future Catholic Queen and a Protestant King is feasible."  Denmark's constitution, according to the dispatch, states that the King "shall be Protestant," but the Queen and other members of the royal family "may be free in their choice of religious matters."

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