Wednesday, July 31, 2013

No date set for Yugoslav-Greece nuptials

July 31, 1943

Although King Peter II of Yugoslavia and Princess Alexandra of Greece are now officially engaged, the date of the wedding has not been set due to the circumstances of the war, reports the New York Times.

The bride-to-be's mother, Princess Aspasia of Greece,  told the media that "We want to hear good news of the war before anything else.  Princess Alexandra feels this is not a time for rejoicing."

The 22-year-old Princess is described as having "dark hair and a vivacious manner."   She has spent her time in exile "working mornings at St. James's Pa;ace for the relief of prisoners of war."  In the afternoons, she lends a hand at a canteen for Allied nurses, officers and men, which is run by Mrs. Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, wife of the United States Ambassador to "the exiled governments.

Princess Alexandra is the niece of King George II of the Hellenes and the daughter of the late King Alexander.   She and her future husband are great-great-grandchildren  of Queen Victoria.

The Princess is wearing an engagement ring, a "family heirloom" from King Peter.  The ring has "a blue diamond set in white diamonds."

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