The Netherlands: Love with the Proper Stranger

Beaming with pleasure, The Netherlands' Princess Irene drove out to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport one day last week to meet her future in-laws. The visitors—Prince Xavier and Princess Magdalena—were coming to celebrate Irene's engagement to their son, Spain's Prince Carlos de Borbon y Parma, and with them was the royal engagement ring, a large ruby surrounded by diamonds. Quickly, Irene slipped it on and happily showed it off for the television cameras. Next day in The Hague, she and Carlos were toasted with champagne by the Dutch Cabinet, and busied themselves with wedding plans. Best guess is that the marriage...

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