Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Royal engagement: Mafalda and Leopold

April 10, 1923

The American news agency, Associated Press is reporting that the betrothal of Princess Mafalda, second daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele, to the Duke of Brabant, heir to the Belgian throne, will "shortly be announced officially."  The AP has based its dispatch on a report from the Agenzia d'Italia.

This is the second report of an engagement between Princess Mafalda and Crown Prince Leopold.  In February, Rome dispatches noted that this engagement would be announced "immediately" after the marriage of Princess Jolanda and Count Calvi di Berglo.

Princess Jolanda was married yesterday.

Princess Mafalda is 20 years old.  The Duke of Brabant reached his majority last November 3.

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