Monday, August 20, 2012

Marie demands Anton fly plane

August 20, 1932

Archduke Anton of Austria became the "somewhat unwilling airplane pilot today" for his mother-in-law, the Dowager Queen Marie of Romania, according to the Associated Press.

Anton, who became a father six days ago, did not want to leave his wife, Princess Ileana, and their young son, but Queen Marie "refused to entrust her life to any other pilot."

Thus,  Archduke Anton was obligated to take the controls, and fly to Karlsbad, as Queen Marie is en route to Castle Koenigswart, where she will stay with former Spanish monarchs King Alfonso and Queen Victoria Eugenia.

Marie and Queen Ena are first cousins.

The flight was delayed as Queen Marie of Yugoslavia  got lost while driving her mother and brother-in-law to the airfield.

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