A VISIT FROM A QUEEN

St. Nicholas, December 1926
Vol. LIV, No. 2, The Century Co., New York

QUEEN MARIE AND PRINCESS ILEANA DRESSED IN RUMANIAN NATIONAL COSTUME
Herbert Photos


A VISIT FROM A QUEEN

AMERICA has had visits from grand dukes and princes, but it was something new to have a queen come across the sea to call on the American nation. Queen Marie of Rumania was a most welcome visitor. She has always been much interested in America, and as she sailed from Cherbourg, France, shemarked that she regarded the trip as one of the most interesting experiences of her life. It was said that she seemed as eager as a school-girl, starting on a holiday journey, to see new sights and have adventures.

With the queen came her son Prince Nicholas and her daughter the Princess Ileana. Some of her friends, it was reported, chaffed her about the possibility that her daughter might fall in love with an American young man, and marry him. "She might do much worse," remarked the queen. Perhaps it's only a fairy story, but the Watch Tower girls may enjoy its flavor of romance.

For royalty is human, after all. Kings and queens and their children are not very unlike "plain folks."

Queens do not go traveling across Europe and the Atlantic just to have a good time and see the sights. No doubt Queen Marie's visit was intended to make Rumania seem more real to the American people. And, if you ask us, THE WATCH TOWER is perfectly willing to see Uncle Sam on the friendliest of terms with Rumania—and all the others.



QUEEN MARIE IN THE GOWN WHICH SHE
WORE AT THE WHITE HOUSE DINNER
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