Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Duke of the Abruzzi waits for consent

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March 18, 1908

Diplomatic circles are reporting that the Duke of the Abruzzi has "intimated: that King Vittorio Emanule will give formal consent to his marriage to Miss Katherine Elkins will come after March 20, according to the New York Times.

Until the receipt of "this all-important message," there can be no engagement, "however satisfactory the understanding" between the young couple might be."

Reports from Rome that a marriage "was shortly to be arranged" between the Duke and Princess Patricia of Connaught is said to be a mistake.  The member of the Italian royal family "whose hand and heart are to be formally offered to the British in the next few weeks" is the Count of Turin, the Duke's elder brother.

Miss Elkin's family has denied an April 2 wedding date as "totally without foundation.

Senator and Mrs. Elkins continue to maintain a "dignified silence," respect8ng  the "reported engagement" between their daughter and the Duke of the Abruzzi.

The Duke remains at the Italian embassy in Washington, D.C., although his presence is said to be incognito.   Miss Elkins joined Baroness Mayor des Blanches, the wife of the Italian ambassador, for tea.  Earlier today,  the Duke had lunch at the Elkins' home on K Street in Washington, D.C.

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