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King Carol and Magda

The December 31 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included this photo of King Carol of Rumania and his mistress, Magda Lupescu:

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I was curious: were they actually married at the time? Wikipedia says no: they didn’t finally marry until 1947, long after King Carol had given up his throne in 1940. (Giving up his throne was not a new thing for him: he had renounced the throne in 1925 as a result of the scandal surrounding his affair with Ms. Lupescu, only to be restored to it in 1930 when the National Peasant Party achieved power.)

Marie of Rumania, Carol’s mother, at least once appeared in the Toronto Daily Star as a newspaper columnist.

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