Monday, August 29, 2011

Helen and Irene go by third class

August 29, 1931

Former Queen Helen of Romania and her sister, Princess Irene of Greece, left London today by train -- and traveled third class -- to Scotland, reports the New York Times.

Both sisters wore "valuable pearls," settled into a small compartment for the "380 mile journey to Gullane, Scotland.

"Why shouldn't I travel third class?  It is very comfortable,"  Helen said, after a reporter said to her that "she was establishing a precedent as the first high royal passenger to ride third class in an ordinary train in England?    "We didn't want any one to know we were traveling."

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