Thursday, October 9, 2014

Slaying casts pall on Marina's wedding

October 9, 1934

A cloud has been thrown over the preparations for the wedding next month of Britain's Prince George and Princess Marina of Greece.

King Alexander of Yugoslavia, who was assassinated earlier today in Marseilles, was recently revealed as the "man who played the most important part in promoting the royal match," reports the Chicago Daily Tribune.

In August Prince George and Princess Marina were the guests of King Alexander at one of his palaces.  He "entrusted the actual negotiations to his cousin Prince Paul," who is married to Marina's older sister, Princess Olga, and who is fluent in English.

Earlier today, King George V conferred the title Duke of Kent on his youngest son.   

The wedding will take place at Westminster Abbey on November 29.  It is not expected that the "mourning of the British royal family" will cause a postponement of the wedding.

Princess Marina will have eight bridesmaids, including: Princess Ingrid of Sweden, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, Princess Eugenie of Greece, Princess Katherine of Greece, and Grand Duchess Kira of Russia.  

Princess Elizabeth, the eight-year-old daughter, of the Duke and Duchess of York, is also expected to be one of Marina's attendants as is Princess Irene of Greece.

The newly weds will spend their honeymoon in England, and join King George and Queen Mary and other members of the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham.

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