Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Marie-José's Birthday

On August 4, 1906, the future Italian queen, Marie-José, youngest child and only daughter of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, was born in Ostend. After two boys, Albert was delighted to have a little girl. Elisabeth, on the other hand, used to repeat, (partly in jest), "I would have preferred another boy." Yet, Marie-José was always a beloved daughter and princess.

Tragically, Marie-José's eighth birthday coincided with the German invasion of Belgium during World War I. It was the beginning of a wartime childhood which painfully marked this brave, yet sensitive young girl.

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