Tuesday, March 29, 2016
No official announcement expected for Umberto's engagement
Do not expect an official announcement of Crown Prince Umberto of Italy's engagement to Princess Marie José of Belgium any time soon, says the Italian newspaper, La Tribuna, and reported by the Associated Press.
The Italian court remains in mourning for the late Queen Mother Margherita. No announcement will be made until after the Crown Prince's visit to Brussels. News of the "impending linking" of the houses of Savoy and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is being "greeting by long and enthusiastic articles" in most of the Italian newspapers.
Princess Marie-José is the third and youngest child of King Albert and Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians. She is 20 years old.
Crown Prince Umberto is 22 years old, and, like the Prince of Wales, is "much sought after by royal match-making mothers." Queen Marie of Romania considered Umberto as a possible husband for her youngest daughter, Princess Ileana.
The two daughters of King Alfonso XIII of Spain, Infantas Beatriz and Maria Cristina, were also reported, on several occasions, to become engaged to the heir to the Italian throne.
Rumors about Umberto's marriage to Princess Marie-José were first published in 1922, and since then there have been "intermittent reports of her impending engagement."