Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Carol celebrates his 39th birthday

October 16, 1932

King Carol II celebrated his 39th birthday today with a family party at Sinaia, according to the Associated Press.  He was joined by his sister, Queen Elizabeth of Greece and his 11-year-old son, Crown Prince Michael.

Carol's mother and sister, Dowager Queen Marie and Princess Ileana and her husband, Archduke Anton of Austria, were not at the party.

The King's birthday was celebrated throughout the country, and special services where "held in all the churches."

The young Crown Prince, recently returned from a trip to London where he visited his mother, Princess Helen, was permitted to drive "his own American-made automobile" to the train station to meet his aunt Elizabeth.

The car is a two-seater, with room for Michael and the former Queen.  When Elizabeth alighted from the train, Michael "proudly escorted her" to the car.  He also drove back to the palace, and sat next to Queen Elizabeth during the midday dinner.

This evening Peles was "gayly illuminated and a torchlight parade was held in honor of the king."

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