Golden Rose

Queen Elizabeth, slim, valiant helpmate of slim, valiant King Albert I of the Belgians, received last week a sprig of 19 roses, roses that smelled sweetly of balsam and musk, the gracious appreciation of a noble woman held in high esteem by His Holiness Pius XI, who was born Achille Ratti, a papal gift for her silver wedding anniversary. The roses were artificial and constituted the famed Golden Rose.

The Golden Rose has long been the symbol by which the Vatican linked itself to...

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