Romanian Achievements and Records: Queen Marie of Romania (I)

Romanian Achievements - QM

… continuation:

This is the 5th part of the series of Romanian Achievements and Records and I decided to dedicate 3 posts to Queen Marie of Romania. The counting of records/achievements will go on. Hope you enjoy it!

In 1923, Time, the now world-famous American weekly magazine, was founded. One year after its first issue, Queen Marie of Romania graced its cover, so let’s see some statistic facts…

1. The cover which appeared on Aug 04, 1924 made Queen Marie of Romania the first queen to ever grace the cover of Time magazine.

In 90 years since the first issue, only other 6 queens have appeared on the cover of TIME: Queen Mary of the UK, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Frederika of Greece and Queen Sirikit of Thailand. (sources 123)

Queen Elizabeth II

2. Queen Marie of Romania was also the first royal woman to appear on the cover of Time Magazine (some female royals would later grace the cover, among whom were Princess Diana or Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge). (sources 123)

Commemorative Issue Princess Diana 1961-1997

3. Queen Marie of Romania was the 3rd monarch ever to be on the cover of Time Magazine, only after King Fuad I of Egypt (on Apr 28, 1923) and King George V of the United Kingdom (on Apr 07, 1924). (sources 123)

King Fuad I of Egypt, the first monarch on the cover of TIME

4. Queen Marie of Romania was the 2nd European monarch ever to grace the cover of Time Magazine, after King George V of the United Kingdom (on Apr 07, 1924). (sources 123)

King George V, the first European monarch on the cover of Time

5. Queen Marie of Romania was the 3rd woman ever on the cover of Time, after the Italian theatre icon Eleonora Duse (cover of 30 July 1923) and the future U.S. First Lady Lou Henry Hoover (on 21 April 1924). (sources 1,2)

Queen Marie was also the 2nd European woman to do so. (sources 1, 2, 3)

Queen Marie of Romania on the cover of TIME

Queen Marie of Romania on the cover of TIME

But that’s just regarding ”Time” magazine. Let’s see other records and achievements of Queen Marie of Romania? Let’s see…


6. Decorated in France of the Romanian Academy, Queen Marie was the first woman to ever be appointed corresponding member of the French Academy of Beaux-Arts.

She was given this honour in 1918, more than a century after the institute was established (1816), for her literary works and for the support she had given to the development of culture and arts in general. (source 1, 2)

photo by *Linnea-Rose

7. Queen Marie of Romania was the first royal woman to cut her hair short. (sources 12)

Prior to the first world war a woman’s hair was nearly equivalent to her virtue. From the time she was a child a little girl was expected to grow her hair, and coming into “womanhood” was signified by a young woman being allowed to put her hair up. (Remember Jo “sacrificing” her hair in Little Women?) For a mature woman to wear her hair long in public was deemed inappropriate; only in the boudoir, for the pleasure of her husband, was it appropriate for a married woman to let down her long and sensuous hair. 

As noted, changes were in the air by the beginning of the 20th century. But aside from illness, long hair – a woman’s “crowing glory” – was not only normal, but expected. Having one’s hair “shingled,” as was the case with Queen Marie and other personalities such as Hollywood icon Mary Pickford, began not long after the war and was considered daring. (And therefore completely in keeping with Marie’s personality!) Many older women continued the tradition of keeping their hair long into the 1930s, 1940s and beyond. And I think we’re all aware that a number cultures today still support that tradition. 

Queen Marie of Romania thus helped spreading this interwar fashion – the short hairstyles – within the European royal families, but also among the common people, as she had a great influence in both Europe and America of the ’20s and ’30s.

Queen Marie of Romania - Photo 03

Mary Pickford in 1924

28. Queen Marie of Romania was titled as the most beautiful princess in Europe (in her younger years) and later the most beautiful Queen of the first half of the 20th century by most of the magazines of those times. Also, some personalities used to say that she was the most beautiful woman of her era, among whom Princess Marthe Bibesco, authors Ghislain de Diesbach, Guy Gauthier and Lesley Blanch.

Marie & Ileana

Sources:

  • The Society of Friends of Roumania (October 18, 1926) by American journalist Walter Littlefield – Click here

[…] the world recognized her as the most beautiful among royal princesses.

  • Chicago Daily Tribune (September 14, 1904) – Click here

According to Paris, “the tribunal of beauty,” Princess Marie of Roumania is “beyond question the most beautiful princess in Europe. All princesses are supposed to be beautiful, surmises the writer of this fluff piece, “but in most cases they are the plainest of plain mortals, but Marie of Roumania would be declared beautiful even if she were a peasant girl.

  • Une victime royale, Ferdinand de Roumanie (1927) by Princess Marthe Bibesco

This glowing being, certainly the most beautiful princess and perhaps the most beautiful woman in Europe at that time, was purposely created to overshadow.

Marie, Crown Princess of Rumania, who is known as “the prettiest princess in Europe”

  • Munsey’s MagazineVolume LXVII (Number 2, July 1919) – Click here
The handsomest of Europe’s nine remaining Queens
  • English writer, historian and traveller Lesley Blanch, member of the Order of the British Empire and of the Royal Society of Literature – Click here

Every man was in love with her, every artist inspired by her; every woman wished to look like her.

  • Carpenter’s World TravelsChapter XXXII (a series of books which were very popular between 1915 and 1930 – more about it) – Click here
The most beautiful queen in Europe has made Rumania the leader among the Balkan states.
  • Vienna’s weekly European journal (website wieninternational.at) – Click here
The young Queen Marie was considered Europe’s most beautiful monarch.
Romanians regard Crown Princess Marie “with justice, as the most beautiful Princess in Europe”
  • A woman in the Balkans, Chapter XIII (1918) – Click here
Roumania has the distinction of having the most beautiful of all the Royal ladies in Europe on her throne — Queen Marie.
Marie of Roumania – The most picturesque, in many respects, the most powerful, woman in the world. […] She is electric—the same electric personality that has for years alternately illumined and shocked the courts of Europe.
  • Pond’s Cream Commercial (February 1925) – Click here 
Queen Marie of Romania, one of the most beautiful and fascinating women in Europe. 
What the most beautiful Queen in Europe says about the care of the skin. […] Point to another woman in the world today whose beauty, power and vibrant personality are equal to those of Marie, Queen of Romania! […] She is known to be the queenliest queen in Europe.
  • Pond’s Extract Co.’s Pond’s Cold Cream and Vanishing Cream (1925) – Click here or here
Marie, Queen of Romania, is the fulfillment of all our dreams of what a queen should be. […] Universally acknowledged as ‘the most beautiful queen in Europe’, ‘the queenliest queen’.
  • The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History (June 02, 2005) – Click here
[…] in her youth she was considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world.
  • Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center  Click here
Queen Marie of Romania was one of the most beautiful women in Europe and
one of the most royal.
  • The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (2012), a book by Lady Colin Campbell – more about the book/author on Amazon – Click here
Known within the family as Missy, she had been the most beautiful princess in Europe
  • Well, the last source is represented by Queen Marie’s own wordsClick here
I am said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe. About that, of course, I cannot judge because I cannot know. But about the other queens, I know. I am the most beautiful queen in Europe.

Not so modest, right? Well, Schopenhauer said that ‘with people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent (or great beauty – that’s what we’re talking about) it is hypocrisy‘. Wasn’t that her case?

Queen Marie of Romania - Photo 105

And also, David Mitchell considered that ‘false modesty can be worse than arrogance‘. Plus, as long as one acts as though he can’t fail but keeps a humble spirit, everything is fine. And she DID keep herself humble and close to people of all ranks.

The many examples of such statements made by great personalities of the world have shown us that this type of attitude and intelligence or humility (not exactly in the declared way, but much more in the practical, real one) are not mutually exclusive.

29. Queen Marie of Romania was the first British princess to marry a Roman Catholic since the days of the Stuarts – since the 1600s – and thus the first one to deliberately forfeit her rights to succession to the throne of England.

Queen Marie of Romania - Photo 09

Marie, Romania’s Sun Queen

According to the British line of succession, anyone who is Roman Catholic, becomes Roman Catholic, or marries a Roman Catholic is permanently excluded from the succession. This policy stems from the Act of Settlement of 1701, which was introduced under the reign of Queen Anne.

The English Reformation was the series of events in 16th century England by which the Church of England broke away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church.

sources:

30. Queen Marie of Romania was one the most powerful women of the first half of the 20th century.

Queen Marie of Romania - Photo 08

31. Queen Marie of Romania was the most famous queen of the first half of the 20th century.  

In the first half of the 20th century, particularly in the first forty years, there was likely no royal figure in all the world who had the celebrity status of Queen Marie of Roumania. 

Marie certainly was one of the most image conscious royals of her day, and it is clear from the pictures she knew how to use her image. Most royals back then never did. Marie doing this, and thus being much ahead of her time, shows she was different. It was her personality, as much as her looks, that grabbed people. She was simply a very larger than life royal who had an understanding of public opinion rare for her day. 

Queen Marie of Romania - Photo 23

32. She was also one of the first royal celebrities everMarie was sometimes called “the media-queen” or, more often, ‘the modern queen’.

Broadway’s welcome to royality: thousands line the street in spite of rain as the Queen Passes on her way to the New York City Hall. (Times Wide World Photos.)

The 1920s’ very own celebrity royal, Marie of Romania brought a much-needed veneer of glamour to the remote monarchy. With her tearful hospital visits, charitable events and glitzy international jaunts, the media princess of the Jazz Age was a blueprint for the starry-eyed young things of later decades.

In 1985, People Magazine wrote about her: ‘she was, from World War I until her death, one of the world’s most celebrated royals—the Princess Di of her day’. (Find here the article)

sources (for the last 3 facts, as they go hand-in-hand):

  • The Illustrated War News (6 September 1916) – Click here (the reference is in the last sentence)

Her Majesty’s popularity, both as Crown Princess and Queen, has always been extreme.

  • The New York Times (December 27, 1914) – Click here 

Queen Marie of Romania, generally accounted the fairest of the late Queen Victoria’s granddaughters.

 

  • This King Business, (1923) – Click here (it is right under the 1st photo)

The most picturesque, in many respects, the most powerful, woman in the world.

  • From the article Bulletin Dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Marie of Roumania by American journalist Walter Littlefield – Click here

the world recognized her as the most beautiful among royal princesses […] The War […] made her one of the most conspicuous women in the world.

  • Pond’s Cream Commercial (February 1925) – Click here 
No woman can fail to take an interest in an endorsement of this renowned and beautiful Queen. 
Today no queen in Europe has such influence in state and international affairs. […] She is known to be the queenliest queen in Europe.
  • Pond’s Extract Co.’s Pond’s Cold Cream and Vanishing Cream (1925) – Click here or here
Marie, Queen of Romania, is the fulfillment of all our dreams of what a queen should be. […] In all Europe there is no queen who wields the same influence as the lovely sovereign of Romania. Universally acknowledged as ‘the most beautiful queen in Europe’, ‘the queenliest queen’.
  • Portland Oregonian (November 2, 1926) – Click here

[…] a woman, who were she not of royal family would stand out nevertheless as one of the world’s great women. […] as the most powerful Queen in Europe, whose brain controls the Balkans.

  • Portland News (November 4, 1926) – Click here

[…] the most talked-of royal personage in modern history.  

  • Portland Oregonian (November 4, 1926) – Click here

 […] the most powerful Queen in Europe, whose brain controls the Balkans. 

  • Sesqui-Centenial International Exposition in Philadelphia article (1926) – Click here (the penultimate paragraph)

[…] this beloved ruler is rapidly becoming the most famous and popular queen of modern times.

[…] her reception in the Big Apple amounted to the most relentless camera bombardment that anyone has ever been called upon to face in the world’s history.

  • English writer, historian and traveller Lesley Blanch, member of the Order of the British Empire and of the Royal Society of Literature – Click here

Every man was in love with her, every artist inspired by her; every woman wished to look like her. 

  • Woman’s Home Companion (January 1927) – Click here

No royal guest who has ever visited America has been so widely acclaimed for her beauty as Queen Marie.

  • George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film – Click here or here

She was beginning to become known as the “modern Queen”. A Queen who was not stuck in the Victorian time warp like Queen Mary of England, and a Queen who listened to her people. […] Media was becoming a little more international and Marie was known throughout the first world as the “modern Queen”.

  •  American poet, short story writer Dorothy Parker, who was also two-times Academy Award nominated screenwriter – she  immortalized Marie as the ultimate fantasy figure – Click here

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song, 
A medley of extemporanea; 
And love is a thing that can never go wrong; 
And I am Marie of Roumania.  

  • St. Martin’s Press, New York (1972) – Click here

Her royal relatives were shocked when Princess Marie refused marriage to the future King George V of England to marry Prince Ferdinand of Romania, but it made possible her transformation from a sheltered little princess into the Sun Queen of Europe. […] Her appeals for aid to struggling Romania gave her heroic stature throughout the world. […] Marie of Romania was not only the first modern queen; she was the last in a line of great royal personalities whose faith in themselves and their roles in life could never be vanquished.

  • The Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Roumania (1985), a book by American author Hannah Pakula – Click here

Queen Marie of Roumania was one of the most fascinating crowned heads of Europe and one of the most extraordinary and independent women of our century.

one of the world’s most celebrated royals — the Princess Di of her day.

  • Royalty Monthly Magazine (June 1989) – Click here
Her trip to the United States in 1926 was a great success when she was treated like a major film star.
  • Romanian American Heritage Center Information Bulletin (January/February 1992) – Click here
Her [Princess Ileana’s] beautiful and internationally famous mother [Queen Marie of Romania].
  • The American Heritage, Vol. 45, No. 6 (October 1994) – Click here
In the delirium of the 1920s [the author is referring to the Great Depression], she became, for a little while [more exactly for 4/5 years – from her TIME cover appearance in 1924 untill 1929], the most popular woman in the country [in the United States].
  • Royalty Magazine, Volume 19 No. 4 (2004) – Click here
Queen Marie of Romania was a one woman phenomenon, a trailblazing, protocol breaking monarch […] a most remarkable woman who happened to be an equally remarkable monarch.
  • The Spectator ( 24 July, 2004) – Click here
Marie of Romania, though little known to most readers today, was probably the most dynamic and effective royal consort of the 20th century, and certainly the most glamorous.
Queen Marie of Romania was one of the most brilliant monarchs on the 20th century.
  • The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, June 02, 2005 – Click here
Queen Marie of Romania achieved near universal popularity during the 1920s.
  • Tessa Dunlop, BBC television personality – Click here
Queen Marie of Romania […] probably the most significant woman in the First World War.
  • The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (2012), a book by Lady Colin Campbell – more about the book/author on Amazon – Click here  and here
[…] arguably, the most celebrated woman in the world: Queen Marie of Romania […] the greatest royal superstar of her time.
[…] she had been the most beautiful princess in Europe
[…] meeting the fabled Queen Marie of Romania […] For someone who loved stardom […] this would have been a treat.
[Elizabeth, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom] was eclipsed at every turn by the flamboyant Queen Marie of Romania
 
[Elizabeth, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom] rose to the occasion with a splendour that only another instinctive crowd-pleaser like Queen Marie of Romania could have done.
[…] Queen Marie of Romania, who had been an overwhelmingly successful queen consort

 

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