Friday, February 21, 2014

Princess Pat keeps turning down suitors

February 21, 1908

Princess Patricia of Connaught is rumored to be engaged to the Count of Turin, but according to a Los Angeles Times dispatch, the pretty niece of King Edward VII, has no interest in such a marriage.

Those "best acquainted" with Princess Patricia's "peculiarities" believe the Count "will have no better luck" in wooing than others "who sought in vain" to win the princess' heart.

The princess has "upset all traditions" by refusing to allow her uncle or her parents "interfere with her matrimonial affairs."  She is not interested in an arranged marriage for "reasons of state."  When approached, she shakes her head and "send several monarchs about their business."

Princess Patricia of Connaught, the youngest of the three children of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, is said to have "golden hair, large soulful eyes" and a "complexion of marvelous delicacy."

She has apparently turned down the Crown Prince of Portugal, and when King Alfonso of Spain came to England to seek a wife,  Princess Patricia went to her father and told him: "I simply won't marry that horrid little man, so there!"

Grand Duke Michael of Russia and Prince Eitel Friedrich were also said to be suitors, but neither stood a chance of marrying Princess "Pat."

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