Princess Maria of Romania, nicknamed Mignon, was the great-granddaughter
of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and great-granddaughter of Tsar Alexander
II of Russia, and had a splendid appearance.
Maria, the future Queen, inherited the noblest characteristics of her
ancestors. She was educated at the Romanian Palace, had English tutors,
and in her spare time she enjoyed cars, riding, rowing and skating and
bobsledding. She was a very gifted painter and she sculptured magnificently
and adored the opera.
The issue of the wedding of the Romanian Princess with King Alexander
I was initiated at an official reception at the Romanian Palace by Dr.
Momcilo Nincic, State Secretary, and Dr. Bosko Colak Antic, a representative
of the Kings delegation in Bucharest. The Romanian Royal Couple
accepted the proposal joyfully, but they demanded from the delegates
to ask their daughter for her agreement. The State Secretary of Romania
Take Ionescu conducted himself with much tact and skill to advise the
He avoided difficult political problems in the conversation and spoke
about a young, lonely and gentle man who led a reclusive life at his
Palace in Belgrade. This young hero, who wore glasses because his sight
was worsening as a
consequence of reading general staff maps often by candlelight while
he led the Army during the wars, needed a companion for life. He was
not looking merely for a Queen for his nation, but also for a friend
who would bring
happiness into his life and make his loneliness easier to bear. The
Princess was very impressed with this account and soon afterwards she
invited King Alexander to be her guest for Christmas.
King Alexander visited Romania shortly afterwards. In the opinion of
many contemporaries, he was a very charming person, with a lively and
brave appearance, and an especially nice smile. He excelled with great
talent in expression which he inherited from his grandfather King Nikola
I Petrovic from his mothers side. The first meeting of the Romanian
Princess and her future husband was described by Leposava Bela-Pavlovic.
Royal Couple of Romania organised a reception for their future son-in-law
in Sinaia, in the well-known Peles Palace, which does not fall far behind
the majestic Versailles Palace, considering its luxurious beauty and
location with beautiful parks. Princess Maria was young, beautiful,
and modest and had a glowing appearance, her fine behaviour excelled
with simplicity and charm.
After lunch, King Alexander I with the Princess visited the Royal Gardens
and the Kings Estate. She expertly and skilfully answered the
Kings questions, satisfying his curiosity. He was amazed with
her knowledge and intelligence.
Both Princess Maria and the King of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and
Slovenes were very impressed with their first meeting. A mutual liking
and confidence grew between them and from that moment King Alexander
considered to be engaged to Princess Maria.
The engagement of the Romanian Princess and the King Alexander I was
officially announced on the third day following Christmas, 9 January
1922 (on the Princesss 22nd birthday) at The Royal Palace in Sinaia.
then agreed that the wedding be held in June of the same year in Belgrade.
News of the engagement spread fast throughout Belgrade and the capital
got a joyful and ceremonious look, thanks to this joyous event.
A churchceremony was held on 21 February 1922 at The Cotroceni Royal
Palace in Bucharest, where the matrimonial contract was also made, the
final version would be signed by Palace Ministers Mishu and Jankovic,
in Belgrade, on 7 June, on the eve of The Royal Couples wedding.
The bridegroom wore a ceremonial generals uniform, and the bride
wore a white wedding dress with a long veil. She also had a wedding
myrtle garland on her head, a diamond necklace and a ribbon with the
symbol of the
White Eagle over her shoulders. The best man was King George V of Great
Britain, who was represented by his second son Prince Albert, the witness
was Prince Arsen Karadjordjevic, and the wedding attendant was Prince
After the wedding ceremony, the bride and bridegroom approached the
brides parents and the bride cried embracing her mother and this
poignant sight touched everyone. When the Queen of the Kingdom of the
Serbs, Croats and Slovenes raised her head, most people noticed for
the first time a similarity with her great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
source: brochure-KING ALEXANDER I AND QUEEN MARIA85th
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