RUMANIA: Crown of Thorns

On his 37th birthday last fortnight King Carol II busied himself conferring a new decoration: The White Cross.

Recipients, numerous, were all Rumanians who had remained "loyal" to Carol after he abdicated as Crown Prince, abandoned his wife and baby son in Bucharest, went abroad with henna-haired Magda Lupescu.

That His Majesty now regards this wine & women period of his princehood as a sort of Gethsemane appears from the design of The White Cross. On a white-enamel field the new decoration bears Carol's portrait in miniature, over his brow a cruel crown of thorns.

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