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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #150 on: March 20, 2012, 03:19:04 PM »
Can anyone tell me if there is a French or English version of the album " Elena, portretul unei Reginei " and if so, where I could get it, please  ? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #151 on: March 21, 2012, 06:15:25 AM »
Can anyone tell me if there is a French or English version of the album " Elena, portretul unei Reginei " and if so, where I could get it, please  ? Thanks in advance.


That book is bilingual in English and Romanian. It was available at http://www.hoogstraten.nl/theshop/index.php but it's not listed there anymore... :-\

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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #152 on: March 21, 2012, 01:37:08 PM »
Well...Hope to locate it...

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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #153 on: May 11, 2012, 02:07:01 PM »
Princess Helen and Queen Marie of Romania during a Mass celebrated in 1928 in memory of King Ferdinand :









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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #154 on: May 12, 2012, 07:40:38 AM »
Relations between the two women remain unknown. It is unclear if they were cordial or conflicting. Some historians claim that Queen Marie of Romania hated her stepdaughter as to encourage extramarital affairs to his son Carol for the sole purpose of annoying Helen.
Others, however, refute this charge and testify, based on the correspondence of Queen Marie, she supported her daughter and admired for her courage and abnegation. Contradicting rumors of a disagreement or antipathy between the two women, they cite among others, this judgment particularly laudatory : " Helen is dignified. She is above all a wonderful homemaker. She maintains all - including her son - in perfect order. "
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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #155 on: May 13, 2012, 12:44:37 AM »
I don't think Missy abandoned Helen, she just thought her daughter-in-law should have tried harder to keep him. She later realized that Carol was beyond that.

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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #156 on: May 19, 2012, 08:15:25 AM »
Helen in London at different times :





And in 1932 with her inseparable sister Irene :

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« Reply #157 on: May 19, 2012, 11:35:24 AM »
Thanks to Queen Sophie, Helen thinks of England as a home away from home.

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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #158 on: June 02, 2012, 06:00:52 AM »
A rare image of Helen with King Ferdinand of Romania and the Duke of Spoleto during a visit to the one in Bucharest in 1926 :

 

Was he really the secret love of Helen, as suggested by some sources at the time, or was it rather his brother the Duke of Apulia before he married his cousin Anne de Guise year later ? This question, for lack of evidence, unfortunately, remains unanswered.
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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #159 on: June 02, 2012, 07:39:45 PM »
Where did you hear about this secret love ? I heard that Helen did have one and was listed in her own diary, but the identity of the man is not revealed. I do hope it was the brother Apuila, otherwise it would sound too incestuous as he did marry Irene, Helen's sister...

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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #160 on: June 05, 2012, 02:11:58 PM »
Where did you hear about this secret love ? I heard that Helen did have one and was listed in her own diary, but the identity of the man is not revealed. I do hope it was the brother Apuila, otherwise it would sound too incestuous as he did marry Irene, Helen's sister...

Comments from some journalists do not clearly identify the suitor of Helen. One of the few to speak, the Romanian journalist Seicaru, wrote : " In 1928, Princess Helen of Greece had divorced Prince Carol. It was herself expressed and demanded the legal termination of marriage. Apparently this action, which had not been imposed, seemed to be the normal reaction of an outraged wife by driving her husband. But, in reality, the true cause was different and purely sentimental ... Helen longed to marry the Duke of Aosta she had known in 1925. But the marriage was made impossible by the opposition of the Church of Rome that forbade any marriage of a Catholic with a divorced woman. After Carol returned to Romania, Helen of Greece refused any reconciliation with her ex-husband because she still hoped to receive, from the Vatican for permission to marry the Duke of Aosta ".

However, it appears that the reporter was mistaken in asserting that Princess Helen wanted to become the wife of the brilliant and chivalrous Duke of Aosta, which at that time was already married to his cousin Anne de France !

At least, that both his brother Aimone who, having understood that he could never be the husband of Helen, has decided to stay still in the family by marrying a few years later, her sister Irene.


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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #161 on: June 05, 2012, 06:31:26 PM »
Thanks for clearing that one up. I wonder what Irene felt about all that since she was very close to Helen. I believe Helen got over him and move on, otherwise I don't think Irene would marry her sister's beau...

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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #162 on: June 10, 2012, 10:40:37 AM »
Helen and Mihai in Sinaia, 1941 :

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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #163 on: June 10, 2012, 12:54:39 PM »
Helen looked very causal here...

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Re: Queen Elena of Romania / Helen of Greece-Romania, Part 2
« Reply #164 on: July 06, 2012, 05:01:43 PM »
Princess Helen - left - with her husband Carol and her sister Irene in Sinaia :

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