Thursday, October 29, 2015

A horse for Marie's 60th birthday

October 29, 1935

Queen Marie of Romania celebrated her 60th birthday today by "riding through new-fallen snow" at Sinaia on a thoroughbred horse, reports the Associated Press.  The horse was a president from the Minister of Agriculture.

All the members of the Romanian royal family with the exception of the Dowager Queen's second daughter, the widowed Queen Mother Marie of Yugoslavia, gathered at Peles for the birthday celebrations.

The new horse will certainly please Marie, an expert horsewoman.  She also received gifts of "gorgeous jewelry."  There were "hundreds of telegrams of felicitation" from family and friends from all over the world.  A "great number" of the telegrams were from Marie's American friends.

A "grand dinner" was hosted by Marie's elder son, King Carol II.  The guest list included government officials, the Prince and Princess of Hohenzollern, and Marie's sister, Alexandra, the Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Queen Marie's children,  Archduchess Ileana of Austria and Prince Nicholas, who provided support in her "frequent efforts to influence King Carol" when crises erupt in the Balkans.

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