Foreign News: The King Takes a Wife

The wedding of the 1930 season took place in Rome. Crown Prince Umberto of Italy, glamor boy extraordinary, was marrying Belgian Princess Marie-Jose. Standing in the Pauline Chapel of the royal palace during the ceremony was another glamor boy, a little gloomy, but slightly angelic with the light catching his golden hair. He was Leopold III, Crown Prince of the Belgians, already married three years to Swedish Princess Astrid.

In Rome at the time and thrilled to the back teeth was an 18-year-old Belgian girl, Marie-Lelia Baels. She was a commoner, a descendant of Ostend fisherfolk; royal glamor boys were out of...

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