RUMANIA: Playboy into Statesman

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Early in 1914 two royal matchmakers—Nicholas II, last Tsar of All the Russias, and Marie, then Rumania's British-born Crown Princess—put their heads together and decided it would be nice for both their countries if Marie's elder son Carol and Nicholas' eldest daughter Olga were to marry. To push the romance along, Marie and her husband, Crown Prince Ferdinand, took Carol on a trip to Tsarkoye Selo, the Tsar's winter palace outside St. Petersburg, and later His Imperial Majesty & family visited the Rumanian royalty at Constantsa, on the Black Sea.


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