Princess Marie of Edinburgh, March 1882. Photo by Rupert Potter (1832-1914), NPG. Potter’s favourite subjects were landscapes, but his friendship with Sir John Everett Millais led him to portraiture.
Valentin and I would like to invite you to the new conference from the already traditional series inaugurated last year at the Liberal Cafe in Bucharest, on the royal and architectural history of Romania.
The subjects this year are the following:
“King Michael as a school pupil: curriculum, marks, field trips”
“Eastwell Manor: the birthplace of Queen Marie”
The event is organised by the National Liberal Party’s Bloggers’ Club, and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 15 January, starting at 6.30 pm (The Liberal Cafe: 9, Doamnei Street, Lipscani quarter, just across the road from the National Bank).
There will be shown and discussed photographs and period newsreel footage about the school pupil Michael, from the Regency period and then as a Crown Prince, and architectural photographs of Eastwell Manor, images of Queen Marie during her childhood and as an adult visiting her birthplace, and how these formative years in such significant circumstances and environments influenced those two royal figures later in their life.
The Bloggers’ Club of the National Liberal Party and the presenters are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference!
Princess Marie of Romania dressed as the sun at a fancy ball in Bucharest, Cotroceni Palace, October 1896. Photo by Franz Mandy.
In those days balls at Court were official functions; the mothers came with their daughters and everybody had taken the trouble to dress up, even the old ladies, and the Ministers, who also had to be invited, actually came in coloured fraques. I can still see portly old General Manu, Peter Carp, Take Ionescu, Marghiloman; even these important gentlemen had accepted the spirit of the evening and everybody seemed well amused. Only old Lascar Catargi, for if I rightly remember, we still had a Conservative Government in, came in sober black. These more weighty personages of course did not remain very long, and gradually the crowd thinned and we danced till our feet ached.
… there were many good costumes of which I remember in particular Alexandrina Cantacuzino as Walküre, and Radu Vacarescu as Murat in a white and gold Empire uniform. (Queen Marie of Romania)
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A Romanian auction house is scheduling a sale of the driving licence of Queen Marie, issued in the period when she was still a Crown Princess of Romania. The document was issued by The Touring Club of Munich, presumably for the use during her frequent visits of her mother, the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The young princess’ car make, mentioned on the papers, was a Mercedes 35h, no. of fabrication 5060, the series of the car engine being 7798. This is a fascinating item to be auctioned next week. I will keep you informed about the final result. The estimated price is € 2.000 – 4.000. The price is unrealistic in my opinion, typical of the local inexperienced antiques market. What a beautiful collector’s item! Diana
Price Realized € 5000
Queen Marie and King Ferdinand of Romania taking part in a commemoration service at the former war prisoner cemetery from Val du Pâtre (Soultzmatt) in Alsace, where the Romanian war prisoners were interned and a great number of them died between 1917-1918. They were captured during the German offensive of 1916 in Transylvania and the Romanian Kingdom. Continue reading
I would like to share with you, dear readers, a few wonderful examples of souvenirs, which I found in the archives, produced for the occasion of the Romanian Coronation in 1922, dedicated to King Ferdinand and Queen Marie.
I am pleased to announce the opening on 6th of September 2012 of an exhibition at the National History Museum of Romania dedicated to the anniversary of 90 years since the Coronation of the sovereign couple King Ferdinand and Queen Marie on 15 October 1922 in Alba-Iulia (Transylvania). DM
After the Declaration of War – the departure of a Romanian regiment for the front. The Crown Prince Carol of Romania (right, second) watches the men of a regiment of infantry proceeding on active service as they march through the streets on their way to the front.