Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Italian-Belgian nuptials expected

April 1, 1925

The Duke of Brabant, heir to the Belgian throne, and his sister, Princess Marie José arrived today at the Villa Margherita at Bordighera, as the guests of Queen Elena of Italy and Queen Mother, reports the New York Times.

Queen Elena's three daughters, Mafalda, Giovanna and Maria, are also at the Villa, and Crown Prince Umberto is expected to arrive tomorrow.

It is understood that the "joint betrothal" of the Duke of Brabant and Princess Mafalda and Crown Prince Umberto and Princess Marie José will be announced after the Belgian general election next week.  King Albert will remain at Brussels until after the election, and then he will be able to travel to Bordighera.

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