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This a private photograph found in the archives (public archives..) showing the Romanian Queen together with her grandson, in Belgrade, preparing for the christening festivities.
I endeavor in the “Weekly Pictures” post series to bring to light worthy of note, often less known images from the royal past and present and thus further enhance the understanding of royal history and what it represents for us.
Weekly picture: Diana Mandache’s weblog Royal History
Princess’ Ileana children will reopen Bran castle on 1 June 2009.
The Bran Castle was a little fortified retreat, as Queen Marie liked to say. ‘The poetry, atmosphere, spirit of the place is extraordinary, so different from anything else. I think – Marie said – that we all at times feel we want to fly from our over-prosaic age into a little bit of once upon a time don’t you?’ Bran represented for Marie a place for discovering the medieval symbols. From this place the queen wrote in 1926 to her friend Roxanne Weingartner: ‘my only joy remain Bran and Balcic’, and ‘ at least they are my only incontestable properties’. Later on, in 1933 Queen of Romania wrote in a letter addressed to her people and country: ‘What you large-hearted gave it to me, I sent between you, I embellish the places were I lived… I brought to life the small neglected castle of Bran to a new life. And for this it means for more than I can ever say’. All rights reserved©Diana Mandache https://royalromania.wordpress.com
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Today most of the Romanian Black Sea shore is with the exception of the Danube Delta area an uninteresting flat plain. However, there was once upon a time a southern rocky sector with spectacular vistas, which is now part of Bulgaria. In the interwar period when the territory was still part of Romania, Queen Marie built in the ancient city of Balcic one of her most remarkable holiday villas, endowed with a large garden and guest houses. Taking the queen’s example, many well to do Romanians built summer residences in that town. The seashore in Balcic faces the south and is protected by a series of rocky hills and cliffs from the cold winds and winter weather that comes over the open Russian steppe from as far as Siberia and menaces most of the rest of the country.
The interwar period has been a glorious time for Balcic, which saw many wealthy Romanians spending the summers in the luxury of the seashore villas or the development of a remarkable painters’ colony that took advantage of the glorious southern sunlight and landscape of Balcic.
In the film footage below Ileana, Archduchess of Habsburg-Tuscany, former Princess of Romania, is at a ball in Vienna dancing on the Emperor Waltz. The atmosphere of mid-1930s Austrian capital was still a serene and even aristocratic one. However, the stormy years of the war were fast approaching, signalled by Hitler’s Austrian anschluss..Ileana “always dreaded [such an event] as it meant the final annihilation of her adopted country of which she had become immensely fond”, her mother wrote in those days. Queen Marie also recorded that “when I called up Ileana to know if she had reached Sonnenberg safely, I at first could not understand what she was saying, imaging that she was talking English, I could not grasp that she was saying in German that we must talk only in German…” DM
And for a complete audition of the Emperor Waltz (Kaiserwalzer) of Johann Strauss you may listen a contemporary interpretation from 2008.
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