Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Marital problems for Yugoslav monarchs?

August 16, 1931

Queen Marie of Yugoslavia's decision to not return to Belgrade for the tenth anniversary of her husband, King Alexander's reign in Serbia has "provided a topic for considerable speculation" in Belgrade, reports the Associated Press.

Marie, the daughter of the late King Ferdinand and Queen Marie of Roumania, has remained in Roumania ever since she arrived to attend the wedding of her younger sister, Princess Ileana, to Archduke Anton of Austria on July 26.

King Alexander did not attend the wedding with his wife, and a "report which was circulated widely" in Yugoslavia said that the Queen "was annoyed at her husband's failure to go."   Marie is now living at Dowager Queen Marie's castle at Balchik, and today she attended a "naval review at Constanza," while King Alexander spent his anniversary "shooting on his summer estate."

The three sons of the couple, Crown Prince Peter, Prince Tomislav, and Prince Andrej are neither with their mother nor their father.


John said...

Poor Paikey..

John said...

Looking at that postcard, it looks like Mignon and Elisabetta share a resemblance in the eye and brow area, despite their father's not being the same. They must have gotten that from Marie. I always thought Mignon was pretty in her youth. Elisabetta, on the other hand, had a certain look about her which seemed unhappy and perhaps even scornful.

Did the sisters remain in contact after Marie's death?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I would doubt it, John. During the war, Mignon was in England, and Elisabeta remained in Romania, lining her pockets and having an affair with her banker, among others. They lived separate lives in exile. Elisabeta had no real contact with her family after leaving Romania

Rex said...

Did she not settle in England in her widowhood and live with a woman "companion"?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Marie moved to England after the German invasion - and yes, she did live with another woman