January 8, 1904
Queen Elena celebrated her 31st birthday today with a picnic, reports the New York Times.
The King and Queen of Italy are becoming "more popular" due to their "simple democratic ways, which touch the imagination of the people."
It was a bright and spring like day in Rome, and the king and queen decided to celebrate her birthday "in the manner of middle-class families" by taking a drive into the country and having a picnic.
The picnic lunch included "macaroni, roast chicken, a few spiced meats, bread, fruit and a couple of bottles of wine.
Accompanied by several friends, the king and queen drove about ten miles into the country, and then pulled over by the roadside.
After climbing over a fence, the king and queen found a comfortable spot on the grass, and had their picnic. After returning to Rome, the king said he "never before had such an appetite."