Thursday, October 29, 2009

Queen Marie celebrates 60th birthday

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 October 29, 1935

Queen Marie of Roumania celebrated her 60th birthday today with a family dinner at Sinaia, reports the Associated Press. She began the celebration with a ride through the new fallen show on a thoroughbred horse, a gift from the Minister of Agriculture. All the members of the royal family, with the exception of Marie's widowed daughter, Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, gathered at Sinaia for the birthday party.

The Queen also received numerous gifts of gorgeous jewelry, including a necklace from Premier Tatarescu. There were hundreds of telegrams of "felicitations from all over the world." A great number of telegrams came from Marie's American friends.

The dinner was arranged by Queen Marie's eldest son, King Carol. The guests included members of the government, the Prince and Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and the Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, who is the Queen mother's sister.

The Queen's other children, Archduchess Ileana of Austria and Prince Nicolas, were also present. Ileana and Nicolas are supportive of their mother "in her frequent efforts to influence King Carol when crises have threatened the Balkans."

No mention was made if the Queen's eldest daughter, the former Queen Elisabeth of the Hellenes, attended the party.

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