Thursday, 25 February 2016

Balkan Royalty's Mistresses & Lovers

Alexander I of Serbia
His lover was:

Draga Mashin, Queen of Serbia

Draga MashinQueen of Serbia (1864-1903)
a.k.a. Draga Masina
Lover in 1897.

"...Alexander, like his father, had family troubles...  Far more of a problem, however, was his marriage.  He met and fell deeply in love with a widow, Draga Masina, who was more than ten years his elder and who had earned an extremely scandalous reputation. It was believed she could not have children, which was a serious difficulty in any royal marriage. He first made her his mistress and then married her. This marriage was extremely unpopular with the Serbian public. The queen's relatives subsequently involved themselves in public affairs and won more enemies for the dynasty... In June 1903 a successful military coup was organized, with about 120 involved in the plot. The conspirators killed the queen, the king, the war minister, and both of the queen's brothers under circumstances that shocked European opinion. The overthrow of the dynasty, however, met with public approval and caused little internal unrest."  (Jelavich, 1983, p. 32)

"While Franz Ferdinand and Sophie had shaken up court circles with their marriage, to the south, the former teenager who became King of Serbia, Alexander Obrenovich, announced his engagement to Draga Mashin, a beautiful widow ten years his senior, who had first been his mistress, and prior to that, the mistress of many of the men in the Serbian Officers Corps. It was widely circulated that she was infertile and wouid be unable to bear Alexander any heirs. Efforts to sidetrack this unpopular union by introducing Alexander to the also beautiful and still unmarried Princess Xenia of Montenegro were to no avail. Had the romance blossomed, a second Montenegrin princess would have become a member of the other Serbian royal dynasty, the Obrevinoviches, and as a result, Queen of Serbia. Against the tide of public opinion throughout Serbia, King Alexander married Draga Mashin in the summer of 1900, and the former acknowledged whore of practically the entire political and military elite became Queen of Serbia. The cabinet resigned. No one was willing to form a new government but Alexander showed no regrets. Fierce national pride found this marriage intolerable and three years later doomed it to a tragic end." (My Father, the Prince: 37)

"But unofficial Russia, remarkably astute, terribly unscrupulous, with unlimited means, and absolutely irresponsible, would not accept defeat. One or other of her agents remembered that in the history of the Obrenovich Dynasty woman had always been fatal to them. The position was clear enough---King Alexander was madly in love with his mistress, Draga Mashin; Mme. Mashin was undoubtedly in love with her young and Royal lover, and when she was known to be an ambitious woman; King Milan hated her. . . . " (A Royal Tragedy: Being the Story of King Alexander and Queen Draga of Servia: 68-69)

References for Aleksander I of Serbia.
Consortes serbias: la 'reina negra' @ Noble y Real.

Alexandru Ioan Cuza
by Carol Szathmari, bef 1873
@Muzeul National Cotroceni 

Prince of Moldavia 1859
Prince of Wallachia 1859
Domnitor of the Romanian Principalities 1862.
a.k.a. Alexandru Ioan I; the Elephant Prince
Son of Ioan Cuza & Sultana Cuza.

Elena Cuza
Husband of Elena Rosetti (1925-1909) mar 1844.
a.k.a. Elena Cuza; Elena Doamna.
Elena Cuza
Daughter of:
Iordache Rosetti & Ecaterina Sturdza.

"Three-and-twenty years ago Moldo-Wallachia, then an integral portion of the Ottoman Empire, paying tribute to the Padishah, but self-governed in every essential respect, was ruled by a Hospodar native to its soil and elected by its people. This dignitary, Jon Alecsandru Cusa by name, was a very remarkable man. A Moldavian by birth, he was not a scion of any one of the great Boyar families, Roumanian or Phanariote; but nature had gifted him with excellent abilities, a commanding presence, and a singular plasticity of temperament, enabling him to be 'all things to all men.' He had, moreover, a strong sense of humor, and was one of the most good-natured, easy-going cynics I have ever known. On the other hand, he was untruthful, unscrupulous, and inveterately dissolute. His career was a curious one, as the following rough outline of its leading incidents will show.

"When a lad of seventeen, Cusa had been sent with his cousin Alecsandru Docan, under the care of a tutor, to Paris, there to perfect himself in colloquial French, and, generally speaking, to improve each shining hour. He behaved himself so indecorously, however, in the French capital that it was soon found expedient to recall him home, and a commission was procured for him in the Moldavian militia (dorobantsi), which he was compelled to resign a few months later, having got himself into trouble with the regimental authorities by every conceivable variety of misconduct. He then made a show of studying the law, and was appointed a judge at Galatz through the influence of his uncle, a wealthy and much-respected Boyar. While holding this position---the comparative respectability of which soon became intolerable to him---he embarked in a conspiracy against the Government of the day, took an active part in the Moldavian revolution at Jassy (March, 1848), was arrested by the orders of the then Hospodar, Prince Stourdza, and sent in custody to Galatz for transport to Tultcha, there to be handed over to the Turkish authorities. At Galatz he contrived to escape with Alecsandru Morousi, who, like himself, had been born and bred in the neighborhood of that city, and was known to every peasant in the district. The fugitives were sheltered by Mr. Cunningham, at that time the British consul in Galatz, who smuggled them on board an English ship bound for Marseilles with grain. Cusa was in Paris when Grigor Ghica succeeded to the Hospodarship, and was included in the general political amnesty promulgated on that occasion. He returned to Moldavia forthwith, and remained there, a striking example of idleness and dissolute conduct, until 1856, when, on the death of the Kaimakan Balsch, Nicolai Vogorides, Cusa's particular crony and fellow debauche, was appointed Hospodar. This vivacious prince, a viveur of the very first flight, whose exploits of gambling and gallantry still live in the memories of his contemporaries, at once bestowed a colonelcy in the army upon his friend Cusa, and made him his personal aide-de-camp as well as Prefect of Galatz. Shortly afterwards a general election came on and Vogorides, eager to secure the support of a majority in the new Moldavian Chamber, put up a number of his own creatures for provincial constituencies, obtaining their return by gross and flagrant bribery and corruption. Cusa, who had begun to bid for popularity in his native country, where his reputation in his native country, where his reputation was none of the most fragrant, energetically opposed these elections, and succeeded in inducing the Chamber to annul them. It was at this time that he commenced his public career as a disinterested patriot, uncompromising Liberal, and fearless champion of the people's rights. He married a daughter of the great patrician house of Rosetti, whose dowry provided him with the necessary pecuniary qualification (1500 pounds a year) for election to the Hospodarship; became a deputy of the Unionist platform, and addressed himself assiduously to the task of gaining the good will of the leading Liberals of the day, who for the most part regarded him as a good-natured, amusing ne'er-do-well of no particular political significance."  (Monarchs I Have Met: 86)

His lover was:
Marija Obrenovic (1831-1879)
or (1835-1876)
Romanian aristocrat

a.k.a. Elena Maria Catargiu; Elena Maria Catargiu-Obrenovic; Maria Obrenovic
Marie Catargo; Marie Catargiu-Obrenovic.
Daughter ofCostin Catargiu, Romanian landowner,& Smaranditei Bals.

Wife of:

1. A Serb general
2. Milos ObrenovicPrince of Serbia (d.1860)

Mother of: King Milan I of Serbia.

"...Cuza was anything but a model prince. He was not ambitious and he does not seem to have concerned himself with adopting regal ways. He also had a private life which, although not in outright contradiction to Romanian customs, was not well regarded in the head of a state. Living apart from his wife, he had as his mistress Marie Obrenovic, whose son Milan was to become the first king of Serbia. The prince also had no legitimate heir so the problem of succession existed." (The Establishment of the Balkan National States: 1804-1920: 121)

"It was by strange paths that the fourteen-year-old Milan had thus come to his Principality. The son of Jefrenn Obrenovitch, uncle of the reigning Michael, he was cradled one August day in 1854, his mother being Marie Catargo, of the powerful race of Roumanian 'Hospodars,' a woman of strong passions and dissolute life.  When her temper and infidelities had driven her husband to the drinking that put a premature end to his days. Marie transferred her affection, without the sanction of a wedding-ring, to Prince Kusa, a man of as evil repute as herself.  In such a home and with such guardians her only child, Milan, the future ruler of Servia, spent the early years of his life--ill-fed, neglected, and supremely wretched."  (Love Affairs of the Courts of Europe:  290-291)

A Passage and the Yellow Tulips @ Twisted Red Ladybug

Alexandru Ioan Cuza Gallery.
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
by Carol Szathmari, bef 1866
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
by Carol Szathmari, c1865
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Lithography by Josef Kriehuber, 1861
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
by Carol Popp de Szathmary, 1873
@ Modern Romania - Photographic Documents

File:Anka Obrenović.jpg
Princess of Serbia.
Serbian royal, society leader & writer.

a.k.a. Anka the Fashionable.
Daughter ofJevram Obrenovic of SerbiaRegent of Serbia 1839, Governor of Belgrade, & Thomanija Bogicevic, daughter of Vojvoda Antonije Bogicevic..

Wife ofAlexander Konstantinovic.

Her lover was:
Jovan Ghermani.
a.k.a. Joanikije German.
Anka's brother-in-law.
Husband ofSimona Ghermani.
Natural offspring:
1. Simeona Ghermani (d.1915)
Offspring: " . . . His wife was Simona Ghermani (German), illegitimate daughter of Anastasia Konstantinovich (nee Princess Obrenovic) and of the Greek-Aromanian banker and ship-owner Joanikije German, her brother-in-law; she was named after her maternal aunt (and father's late wife) Simona German and she was a first cousin of King Milan I of Serbia. She was known as Simka Lahovari and was famous for her strong personality and sharp wit; she was also notoriously unfaithful to her husband; according to Queen Marie, she was the de facto leader of Conservative ladies. . . ." (Romanian Aristocratic Families)

Balsa II of Zeta (d.1385)
Lord of Zeta.
a.k.a. Balsa Balsic.
Son ofBalsa I.
Husband ofKomnina, a.k.a. Kanina, daughter of John Komnenos Asen, mar 1372

His lover was:
Wife of Prince Marko.
"Epic singers liked to portray Prince Marko as a faithful and devoted husband, while his wife appears faithful in some songs and unfaithful on others' Prince Marko's historical wife was named Yelena, while in the epic poems she is also called Andjeliya, Groazdanka, Yanya, Katica, or whatever other name might have momentarily caught the fancy of the bard. Historical facts that Yelena and King Marko were separated, and that her lover was Balsa II Balsic gave rise to a series of epic songs in which Yelena was accurately shown as unfaithful and cunning, collaborating with Prince Marko's enemies in order to destroy him." (Prince Marko: The Hero of South Slavic Epics: 90)
a.k.a. Bogdan the One-eyed; Bogdan the Blind

His lover was:
"John III of Moldavia " . . . was the grandson of Stephen the Great and the son of Bogdan III and his Armenian mistress Serpega. . . ." (Wikipedia)

Carol II of Romania

Carol II of Romania (1893-1953)
King of Romania 1930-1940
a.k.a. Carol CaraimanFarmer-King Carol; King Playboythe Don Juan of Romaniathe Playboy of the Balkans; the Playboy Kingthe Playboy Prince; the Royal Rapscallion .

Husband of:
1.Magda Lupescu mar 1947-1953
2. Helen of Greece mar 1921, dis 1928.
3. Zizi Lambrino mar 1918-1919

Hedonistic personality.
"He possessed a hedonistic personality that contributed to the controversies marring his reign, and his life was marked by numerous scandals. Among them, marriages to Zizi Lambrino and Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark, daughter of King Constantine I of Greece. His continued affairs with Magda Lupescu obliged him to renounce his succession rights in 1925 and leave the country. Princess Helen eventually divorced him in 1928. King Ferdinand died in 1927 and Carol's five-year-old son ascended the throne as Michael I." (Alchetron)

Carol II's marital history.
". . . His flamboyant private life created constant problems. In 1917 he made a morganatic marriage to Zizi Lambrini, whom he divorced to marry Princess Helen of Greece (1921) and by whom he had a son, King Michael. In 1925 he renounced his right of succession to the throne, deserted his wife, and went into exile with his mistress Magda Lupescu. In 1930 he returned to Romania and became king in a coup that overthrew his son. . . ." (Houghton, Mifflin Co., 2003, p. 278)

The pouting production of her won philandering--like mother, like son.
" . . . Missy took refuge in her affair with the Boyar Stirbey and in an intimate bond with her first Romanian son, Carol. Ecstatically, she began to envision the future with him on the throne and herself as the power behind it. Marie's relationship with Carol titillates me partly for its perversity. Always strong about her own sexual experiments, she saw no harm in meddling with his. Behind my closed lids explodes a bright bucolic image of Arnold Mohrlen, the Swiss teach whom Missy chose to educate her son.  I can see Mohrlen and his pupil at the secluded pond they discovered in the woods near Cotroceni Palace, around 1900, when Carol was, say fifteen and had become the long-limbed teenager with a high, thick mop of blond hair and a sensuous serious mouth.  It might also be relevant to mention here the Eiffel Tower dimensions of his equipment, luridly referred to by Alice-Leone Moat in her shocker about the Prince's most notorious affair.  As Carol climbs naked from the pond, the tense, hazel-eyed professor gazes fixedly.  Without Marie's seeming to take the slightest objection, tutor and student have become surprisingly intimate.  The first consuming relationship outside family in the prince's young life has begun. Missy jokingly refers to them as 'two old maids.' . . . Only three years later, Marie will blame her son's carousing in bars and cabarets on Mohrlen, never once guessing the Carol is the pouting production of her own philandering and over-involvement." (The Romanian: Story of an Obsession: n.p.)
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Carol II Romania
His lovers were:
1) Ella Filitti (d.1950)
a.k.a. the Bird.
Natural offspringSilviu

Magda Lupescu@Esoteric Curiosa
Magda Lupescu (1895-1977)
Romanian adventurer.
a.k.a. Elena 'Magda' Lupescu; Elena Wolff; Elena Wolf-Lupescu; Roscovana; the Bane of Romaniathe Reddish Woman.

"Enter 'Bibi.' In a marriage of convenience forced upon him by his family, Carol had not the slightest intention of remaining a faithful or even a discreet husband. He made no attempt to disguise his many extra-marital affairs, and few Rumanians, to whom mistresses are certainly not unusual,* would have given his peccadilloes a second thought had not His Royal Highness happened one night in the Cercul Militar to meet a voluptuous young woman named Magda Lupescu. Daughter of a small shopkeeper, divorced wife of an Army lieutenant, she also happened to be half-Jewish in a country stridently anti-Semitic. Notwithstanding, Carol fell for "Bibi"—as he called the titian-haired Magda—and for 16 years, through thick & thin, on and off the throne, in exile or at home, he was to stick by her and she by him.

"He ran away with her in 1925, and in the very hotel from which his father had once renounced his throne, he was said to have penned a similar letter. Mihai, Carol's son, was declared next in succession. Then King Ferdinand died, and little Mihai was put on the throne surrounded by a regency consisting of his uncle, Prince Nicholas, Patriarch Miron Cristea, Supreme Court President George Buzdugan." (Playboy Into Statesman @ Time)

"He met Elena Lupescu, the love of his life, in 1925. With her alabaster skin, green eyes and Titian hair, she came from a converted Jewish family in Iasi. Cunning, greedy and ambitious, she was to be by Carol’s side until his death in 1953. . . . Carol and Lupescu spent the war years wandering about South America before settling in Portugal. Carol tended his stamp collection and lived a life of luxury before dying of a heart attack in 1953. His coffin was kept amongst the tombs of Portuguese kings in the Cathedral of Sao Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, draped in a fading Romanian royal flag, before it was buried in the Cathedral of Curtea de Arges in 2003. Lupescu was buried separately. Carol and Mihai never met again." (Carol the Playboy King)

"On October 25, 1921, Mihai (the future king) was born. After a heavy birth, the doctors recommended sexual intercourse for two years, and forbidden her second pregnancy. Princess Elena goes to Greece, to his family, to recover. 
Carol II remains in the country, makes a suite of mistresses, then settles at young redhead Elena Lupescu, a divorced Jew who had had sentimental relations with various soldiers. They are known in 1925 to watch the film "Nibelungii" broadcast by the Royal Carol Cultural Foundation, invited by a former director of the foundation.

So began one of the most commented love stories in history. He whispered that it had been a love at first glance. The monarch buys a house on her brother's name. Becomes the woman cared for and the "uncorrected queen". He's saying "Duduia". She was the woman "versed in making love", who knew what she wanted from life: money, fame, power, wrote Constantin Argetoianu in his "Memories". Soon, Bucharest was full of "wild and extravagant" stories that triumphed at the Court. The young man was hard to give up his old knowledge. One evening, when the king came to his feet, a lieutenant Don had to withdraw by jumping through the window." (Ziarul Metropolis)

" . . . Carol II was engaged in a highly public affair with his mistress, Madame Magda Lupescu, a slender redhead with creamy skin and green eyes who had supplanted other women to become the king's chief concubine and confidant, Interestingly, she was also Jewish."  (Frantz & Collins, 2004, , p. 12)

" . . .  Crown Prince Carol (eloped) with another commoner, Elena (later better known as Magda Lupescu, who was already married. . .  The following year the ex-Crown Prince divorced Princess Helen and his enduring affair with the red-haired Madame Lupescu came to scandalise European high society and feed the gossip column for the next twenty-five years.  Yet, astonishingly, in a coup in 1930, Carol grabbed the throne from his son Michael and, with Madame Lupescu always at his side, reigned disastrously as Carol II until 1940. . . ."  (The Very Nearly Man: An Autobiography: 224)

"Lupescu has generally been depicted as manipulative and insatiably ambitious, in terms of both consumption and power. This psychological profile fits in some ways better than Carol's as an authoritarian personality. For while he was very much driven by some of his desires, especially his love of Lupescu, he did not seem concerned with amassing personal wealth and power as has been alleged of Lupescu. But these comparisons between the two are speculative since the only evidence of their motivations are offered by contemporary observers who mostly had high personal stakes in their relationship with Carol or Lupescu." (Balkan Strongmen: Dictators and Authoritarian Rulers of South Eastern Europe: 94)

Magda, a Soviet spy?:  "However, it is known that at some point in his career he ran the notorious Madame Lupescu, 'the bane of Romania.'  When, it what capacity and for how long are not known.  Possibly she was recruited during those troubled days of June 1930 when Crown Prince Carol, having renounced the throne for her forbidden love, changed his mind and left her alone at their chateau outside Paris.  His father, King Ferdinand, having expired, he spirited himself back in the night to Bucharest to reclaim his birthright and prevailed over palace cabals.  Soon after, Lupescu rejoined himd in the royal palace, scandalizing the common folk, disrupting internal politics and setting up her own camarilla of court favorites.  To the new King Carol II she remained the irresistible Duduia, while to her he was ever the devoted Chou-Chou.  Possibly, as rumor had it, she was acting for the Soviets four years later, when she persuaded her lover to establish diplomatic relations with the USSR.  The move brought Romania little benefit: the Soviet Union did not recognize its annexation of Bessarabia and did not return its $34 million gold reserve, removed in WWI.  But the Soviet Union itself gained little benefit, at least int he political sphere: Carol's sexual immaturity, financial corruption and lame-brained social programs played into the hands of the domestic fascists, the Iron Guard, who steadily gained ground, despite his despotic persecutions. Following the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact in August 1939, Stalin seized Bessarabia and Bukovina, Hungary grabbed Transylvania and Bulgaria claimed Dobrija, dismantling Greater Romania.  Then the Iron Guard took over the remainder with Carol's son Michael as figurehead monarch, driving the hapless king and consort to Spain."  (A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror: 39-40)

Magda's personal & family background:  "...Carol and Magda Lupescu met at the Cercul Militar (Army Club) in 1924.  She was the daughter of a Mr. Wolf from Jassy, who was either a junk peddler, a chemist, a moneylender or a salesman of automobile parts---no one ever quite knew which, because after his daughter took up with Carol he retired.  Magda was a big, vivacious girl, with a creamy skin and flaming red hair.  She was married to a Lieutenant Tampeanu whom she later divorced.  After the divorce, she tactfully Latinized her maiden name of Wolf to Lupescu." (Life Magazine, 1940, p. 80)

"Elena Wolff (1895-1977, known as 'Magda Lupescu' -- Lupescu is the Romanian equivalent of the German Wolff), a daughter of Nicolas Grünberg, a Jewish pharmacist, who adopted the name Nicolas Wolff, and his wife née Elizei Falk." (Biography Base)

Lupescu, the wife of an army officer and daughter of a Jewish chemist from Jassy.  When she became Carol's mistress, King Ferdinand carried out his threat and barred him from the succession.  Carol and Magda lived together in Switzerland from 1925 to 1930, Carol's marriage to Princess Helen being dissolved in 1928...."  (Palmer, p. 75)

"Four years after Michael's birth, Carol fell in love with the red-haired, half-Jewish wife of an army officer.  Often referred to as Magda, the voluptuous. Elena divorced her husband and took the name of Lupescu, a latinized version of her maiden name, Wolf.  Warned by his mother of stern measures if he did not end the liaison, Carol sent his mistress out of the country.  But after representing King Ferdinand at the funeral of King Edward VII's widow Queen Alexandra, in London toward the close of the year, Carol left for Milan to be reunited with Mme. Lupescu.  Soon, having brought royal prestige to a new low, he renounced all rights to the throne again...."  (Opfell, p. 194)

" . . .Outside Romania, Elena Lupescu was known as 'Magda,' as was Krivitsky's consort of 1923.  However, Quinlan (81) believes that an Italian journalist gave Lupescu that name after mixing her up with a Russian circus rider in 1926."  (A Death in Washington: 426)

Affair's aftermath:  "Forced to abdicate in 1940, he fled into exile with Lupescu, his mistress, leaving his now 19-year-old son (1940-47) to take the throne.  King Carol and Lupescu left Romania in the dead of the night in late 1940, in a nine car railway train fitted with the country's gold and art treasures. He had asked for asylum in Germany, but Hitler, because of Lupescu's Jewish origins, refused to have them.  Crossing the Atlantic they settled first in Mexico, then in Brazil. There they remained throughout the war, eventually marrying in 1946. King Carol bestowed upon Lupescu the title of Royal Princess.  After the King died in Brazil. she lived with Carol's former Prime Minister, Erners Urdarreanu. She died in 1977."  (Frank, 2001, p. 677)

3) Maria Martini.
"Shortly after Romania's accession to World War I, the prince became friends with Maria Martini, a high school student living near the Cotroceni palace. From an innocent love, a little girl is born, who was discreetly placed in an orphanage. Lovers have met in secret. The war broke them apart for a while. . .  To keep him busy, secret police are facilitating an accidental encounter with Maria Martini, somewhere in Transylvania. The girl is paid to deviate her thought from Zizi. The prince bites the bait, consoles himself for three years in the younger arms, which will allot "Păsărica": "You must know that in this world, not wives are the most adored, but the moods." Martini shows signs of being pregnant. There is a husband, a gentleman named Leonescu, who had been trapped that he was forging checks and being in jail. The man is denied the punishment, is called the head of the station and married in secret to Maria. The girl was confiscated his letters and the diary, and as a marriage gift to the bridegroom they received enough money for a livelihood. The born child, a boy, was registered in the birth certificate named Leonescu." (Ziarul Metropolis)
"Carol (II of Romania) also had a son and a daughter by his next mistress Maria Martini, a high-school student." (Historical Boys Royal Costume)

"He fathered four children two of them with a schoolgirl, deserted his regiment, had dinner with Hitler, was awarded the Order of the Garter, left Romania in a train under a hail of bullets with 100 suitcases including priceless Old Masters, was married in a hotel room in Rio and died in Estoril aged 59. His dubious political record, and the company he kept, denied him his dearest wish, to spend the war years in the USA.

"Maria Martini, a high school student, who may well have been a minor, gave him a son and a daughter, who were immediately adopted. But four other women played a decisive role in the life of King Carol II of Romania. Zizi Lambrino, his first wife and a commoner, also provided him with a son, Carol, in a morganatic marriage contracted in Ukraine. His legitimate wife, Elena of Greece, was the mother of ex-King Mihai, whose behaviour throughout his long life has been impeccably correct." (Carol the Playboy King)

4) Zizi Lambrino (1898-1953)
Romanian society figure & royal mistress.
a.k.a. Joanna Maria Valentine Lambrino; Valentina Lambrino; Princess Ioana; Zucky (by Carol II)

Born Joanna Maria Valentine Lambrino (Jan 7, 1896) in Bucharest, she was the daughter of Constantine Lambrino and his wife Euphrosine Alcaz. Dark-haired and attractive she became the mistress and then morganatic first wife (1918) of Crown Prince Carol (II) of Roumania, the son and heir of King Ferdinand I (1914 – 1927). The marriage took place at Odessa, in the Ukraine according to Russian Orthodox rites, but the union was not recognized by the royal family or by the Romanian government and was dissolved at the instance of Queen Marie (1919). Prince Carol wrote her a letter of renunciation and the government made her a cash settlement. Zizi then went to Paris where her son was born, but Carol quickly became indifferent and made a royal marriage with Princess Helen of Greece. Zizi never returned to Romania. Her son Mircea Carol Lambrino (1920 – 2006) later styled himself Prince Mircea von Hohenzollern, and though his claim was recognized as legitimate by the French courts (1955), it was not recognized by the Head of the House of Hohenzollern. Prince Mircea later died in London. Zizi Lambrino died in poverty in Paris (March 27, 1953) aged fifty-seven. (A Bit of History)

"Zizi Lambrino, the woman to whom blonde Queen Marie so objected, was her physical opposite. Nee Ioanna Maria Valentine, she was dark and plump, a Romanian bourgeoisie of Greek Phanariot descent. In the summer of 1913, she met Prince Carol, who was not quite twenty; and in the months that followed, her bedroom became papered with pictures of the prince, the way girls today paper theirs with pictures of rock stars. By 1918, at twenty-four, Prince Carol was head over heels for Zizi, despite the fact that members of royalty were prohibited from marrying native Romanians. He was so enthralled that he was willing to give up his future kingship, thumb his nose at the Romanian people and the hard-won legitimacy of the royal family. . . ." (The Romanian: Story of an Obsession: n.p.)

"While still a Crown Prince, the future King had married commoner, Zizi Lambrino, in 1918 and renounced his succession to the throne. But four months later the marriage was dissolved on orders of the reigning Hohenzollern monarch, Ferdinand I, and Carol was reinstated. But by then Zizi was pregnant and on 8 January, 1920, gave birth to young Carol. The pair were banished to Paris, where Zizi spent the rest of her life, and the young Lambrino grew up with the stigma of illegitimacy hanging over him, even though he was a great-grandson of Queen Victoria." (The Very Nearly Man: An Autobiography: 224)

Carol II & Zizi Lambrino Gallery.
Carol II & Zizi Lambrino
Zizi Lambrino with son Mircea Carol
Zizi Lambrino & Carol II of Romania
"Former King Carol II of Romania and his wife Magda Lupescu, now the Princess Elena of Romania, living more lavishly than any other Estoril exiles in Portugal, 1950. Known rather for his romantic misadventures than for any leadership skills, Carol was first married to "Zizi" Lambrino, daughter of a Romanian general; and the marriage was annulled by decision of the Ilfov Tribunal in 1919. He next married Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark, but the marriage soon collapsed in the wake of Carol's affair with Elena "Magda" Lupescu , the daughter of a Jewish pharmacist and his Roman Catholic wife. As a result of the scandal, he renounced his right to the throne in December of 1925 in favour of his son who became King in July of 1927. Carol also had a son and a daughter by his mistress Maria Martini, a high-school student. Returning to the country unexpectedly on June 7, 1930, Carol reneged on the renunciation and was proclaimed King the following day." (Elegant Exile: King of Romania, 1950 @ Noted l'Hotel))

5) A high school student.
"At nineteen, he left the palace to get a taste of the streets his mother had yearned for when she was just his age. On Bulevardul Kiseleff he gaped at the women in tight-waisted dresses and enormous hats choked with feathers and flowers, as young, sometimes corseted, officers with waxed moustaches made X-rated comments about their private parts. . . Carol was by now already a 'deadbeat dad.' An early affair with a high school student had led to a child, who was immediately placed in an orphanage by the embarrassed royal family. But the end of this early affair only pushed him more emphatically into bohemian circles, until he fell madly for the headstrong, deliciously plump Zizi Lambrino." (The Romanian: Story of an Obsession: n.p.)

King Carol II Gallery.
[Carol II @Pinterest]
October 15, 1893 – Birth of King Carol II of Romania. Carol was the eldest son of Ferdinand I and Marie of Edinburgh, he became crown prince upon the death of his grand-uncle, King Carol I in 1914. He was the first of the Hohenzollern kings of Romania to be born in the country (both of his predecessors were born and grew up in Germany and only came to Romania as adults). Carol, by contrast, spoke Romanian as his first language and was the first member of the Romanian royal family to be raised in the Orthodox faith. He possessed a hedonistic personality that contributed to the controversies marring his reign, and his life was marked by numerous scandals. Among them, marriages to Zizi Lambrino and Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark, daughter of King Constantine I of Greece. His continued affairs with Magda Lupescu obliged him to renounce his succession rights in 1925 and leave the country. Princess Helen eventually divorced him in 1928. King Ferdinand died in 1927 and Carol's five-year-old son ascended the throne as Michael I. Carol returned to Romania in 1930 and replaced the regency that had been in place. His reign was marked by re-alignment with Nazi Germany, adoption of anti-semitic laws and ultimately evolved into a personal dictatorshipbeginning with 1938. On 6 September 1940, he was forced by his Prime Minister Ion Antonescuto leave the country and withdraw abroad into exile. He was succeeded by his son Michael. Carol remained in exile for the rest of his life. He was never to see his son, King Michael, after his 1940 departure from Romania. Michael could see no point in meeting his father who had humiliated his mother so many times via his open affairs and did not attend his father's funeral. #romanianroyalty #romanianroyals #carolii #marieofedinburgh #ferdinandiofromania #michaeliofromania #hohenzollernsigmaringen #royals #royalty #royaleurope

Carol II of Romania
Carol II of Romania
Carol II of Romania
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Balkan Royal Families @ Alexander Palace.
Death of Carol II of Romania @ History Today.
La Fuga del Rey Carolo II de Rumania @Los Reynolds de Miguel.
King Carol II of Romania @ Alexander Palace Time Machine.
King Carol II, Queen Mother Helen, Wives and Descendants @ The Royal Forums.
King Charles the Second @Stelian Tanase.
King Ferdinand of Romania @Unofficial Royalty.
Magda Lupescu @ Wikiwand.
Odoricai @ Blogspot.
Ultimii Regi ai Romaniei @Stelian Tanase.

Carol II of Romania @Pinterest.
House of Romania @ Pinterest.
His lover was:

Katharina von Brandenburg

Katharina von BrandenburgPrincess of Transylvania (1604-1649)
Wife ofGabor Bethlen of Hungary mar 1626

". . . Her relationship with Count Istvan Csaky (1603-62), a married man, was common knowledge.  Csaky was elegant, the same age as Catherine, and according to common opinion, the best-looking Hungarian at the time. Moreover, he was educated and spoke excellent German."  (Cruz & Suzuki, 2009, p. 84)

". . . There were many rumors concerning Catherine's affairs during their marriage;  after Bethlen's death, the rumors continued to circulate;  it was said that Catherine had an affair with with a Moravian nobleman, then with her doctor.  Her long relationship with Count Istvan. . ., a married man, was common knowledge. . . . "  (Cruz & Suzuki, 2009, p. 84)

Lord of Kruje 1394-1402.
a.k.a. Kosta Balsic.
Son ofDurad I BalsciLord of Zeta, Lord of Skadar, Teodora Dejanovic
daughter of Despot Dejan.
Husband of:
Helena ThopiaLady of Kruje
Albanian princess
daughter of Karlo Thopia.
His lover was:
The wife of Marko Barbarigo, a Venetian nobleman
"..."Marko Barbarigo is also reported to have had poor luck with his wife, who,life the wife of Prince Marko,is represented in the chronicles as being unfaithful. Furthermore, during Barbarigo's absence from home, his wife left him and even managed to transfer Kroya over to her lover Konstantin Balsic, a relative of Balsa II who took Kastoria from King Marko. (Prince Marko: The Hero of South Slavic Epics: 23)

His lover was:
"The queen's generous spirit shone forth as she invited the king's longtime mistress, Aristitza Dissesscu, to his bedside. Marie even lightheartedly encouraged Ferdinand to start listing gifts in his will for his many female conquests, perticularly the ever faithful Aristitza." (Born to Rule: n.p.)
Marie of Romania (1875-1938)
a.k.a. MissyMarie of Edinburgh, Queen of Romania; Mamma Reginathe Grandmother of the Balkansthe Lunatic Princess (by Lady Astor); the Soldier Queen.

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Wife of Ferdinand I of Romania.
"Carol was born in Peleș Castle. Carol grew up under the thumb of his dominating great-uncle King Carol I, who largely excluded his parents, the German-born Crown Prince Ferdinand and the British-born Crown Princess Marie from any role in bringing him up. Romania in the early 20th century had a famously relaxed "Latin" sexual morality, and in this environment, Princess Marie pursued a series of love affairs with various, predominantly Romanian men who offered her more emotional and sexual satisfaction than her husband Ferdinand could. For his part, Ferdinand fiercely resented being cuckolded. The stern Carol I felt that Marie was unqualified to raise Prince Carol because of her love affairs and her young age, as she was only seventeen when Carol was born, whereas Marie regarded the king as a cold, overbearing tyrant who would crush the life out of her son. . . ." (Alchetron)

Chronicle of Marie's extramarital relationships.
"Marie, more strictly controlled by circumstance than her sister, never went quite that far but after 1897, when Victoria Melita spent four months with her, she made what amounted to a unilateral declaration of dependence. She embarked on the first of her many extramarital romances, with a long-time admirer, Lieutenant Zizi Cantacuzino. It was, apparently, a very platonic affair punctuated by candlelit dances, riding through the woods, holding hands and much mutual gazing into eyes. Prudence had never been Marie's forte and within a couple of years, the Cantacuzino affair was public property, fuelled to a peak of speculation by the fact that Marie was pregnant with her third child. At this juncture, King Carol, egged on by Queen Victoria, stepped into smother the scandal by exiling Cantacuzino and packing Marie off to home and mother in Coburg. There, on 11th January 1900, Marie gave birth to a daughter, another Marie.

"After she returned to Romania three months later, Marie lay low for a time, realising at last how heedlessly she had compromised herself. Restraint, however, was too foreign to her nature and in 1902, when she and Ferdinand went to England for the coronation of her uncle, King Edward VII, she was soon up to her impulsive tricks again. This time, it was with a young American, Waldorf Astor. History, still all too recent, began to repeat itself. Astor was handsome, charming, witty, attentive, and Marie undoubtedly fell in love with him. The affair was still going strong in 1903 when Marie gave birth to her fourth child, Nicolas, and Ferdinand, in his turn, was finding solace elsewhere. Tongues wagged with rumours that Nicolas—in fact, a mirror image of Ferdinand—was Waldorf Astor's son. What the gossips ignored was the fact that Marie was equally close with Waldorf's sister, Pauline Astor, who did even more than her brother to provide her Royal friend with shared mutual interests and a sympathetic ear for her many troubles. The Astor relationships ended in the most natural way, with the marriages of both brother and sister. In 1906, when Waldorf's forthright American wife, Nancy, discovered that Marie was writing to him every day, she put an end to the correspondence.

"It was only a matter of time, though, before Barbu Stirbey emerged as the new love of Marie's life. He was just the man for it, with his dark Romanian good looks and hypnotic personality. Stirbey, however, was a man of far greater substance than Marie's former admirers—a self-made industrialist and commercial millionaire with a great interest in the political future of Romania. Beauty, in other words, had at least met brains.

"In 1907, when Barbu and Marie first became close, the future of Romania looked black. That year there was a peasant rebellion which involved looting and burning on great estates like the Stirbeys' at Buftea, just outside Bucarest. Eventually, the revolt was quelled by new laws that gave the peasants certain land rights. For a time, though, Bucarest was under threat from a 4,000-strong peasant army and wives and children were sent for safety into the countryside." (Tom's Place)

Stable boys and everything....
"Great-grandmama was very naughty. Stable boys and everything": "The boatman Hassan; the head gardener who cultivated for her a black rose; the Italian architect Fabrice … in the Balchik story they join the list of lovers. The list is headed by the Crown Prince of Prussia and Waldorf Astor of Cliveden, whose wife Pauline complained that Marie was writing to him every day, and must stop it. It continues with Rosciori hussars, Russian grand dukes, a Polish count, a German envoy, Colonel Joe Boyle, Prince Stirbey, two or three minor Romanian politicians, Colonel Eugen Zwiedeneck, a young aide at Balchik . . . A younger member of the royal family says: ‘Great-grandmama was very naughty. Stable-boys and everything.’" (Scandal at the quiet Nest)

Marie's love life and lovers' list.
"The boatman Hassan; the head gardener who cultivated for her a black rose; the Italian architect Fabrice … in the Balchik story they join the list of lovers. The list is headed by the Crown Prince of Prussia and Waldorf Astor of Cliveden, whose wife Pauline complained that Marie was writing to him every day, and must stop it. It continues with Rosciori hussars, Russian grand dukes, a Polish count, a German envoy, Colonel Joe Boyle, Prince Stirbey, two or three minor Romanian politicians, Colonel Eugen Zwiedeneck, a young aide at Balchik . . . A younger member of the royal family says: ‘Great-grandmama was very naughty. Stable-boys and everything.’" (nursemyra, 2010, Nov. 3)

"The colonel's mission enabled my father to get to know Queen Marie, for whom he always had great admiration. The queen was then in her forties and heavily engaged in caring for the sick and wounded. Despite a certain heaviness and loss of mobility (the queen may have lost some of the sparkle of her early years), with her blue eyes, her tall forehead, and her delicate nose she was still beautiful. A descendant of the House of Windsor and Romanov, she remained characteristically haughty and liked to give orders.

"Everyone close to the court was aware of Queen Marie's weakness, her attraction to good-looking young men. Among them was a Canadian, a certain war hero called captain Joseph Boyle --- also known as the 'Boyle of the Klondike.' Best known, however, was her lengthy affair with Prince Barbu Stirbey who undoubtedly fathered two of her children, including Princess Ileana, who bore a remarkable resemblance to the prince." (Dracula's Bloodline: A Florescu Family Saga: 133)

Marie of Romania's lovers were

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Barbu Stirbey
1) Barbu Stirbey (1873-1946)
Lover in 1907.
Romanian Prime Minister 1927
a.k.a. Barbo Stirbey.

Son ofPrince Alexandru Stirbey & Maria Ghika-Comanesti
Grandson ofPrince Barbu (Bibescu) Stirbey (d.1869), Prince of Wallachia

Husband ofPrincess Nadeje Bibescu mar 1895

Barbu's physical Appearance & personality.
" . . . A dapper dresser, Stirbey had a noble brow, intense brown eyes, Slavic cheekbones, and a full dark moustache that almost his his sensual lips. Sophisticated, tall, and slender, Stirbey carried himself with quiet confidence. Despite his loving wife and four children, he was reputed to be quite a lady-killer, and many Bucharest socialites spoke dreamily of the 'strange hypnotic quality' of his eyes." (Herman, 2007, p. 264)

" . . . [In 1907]. . . She met the man who would awaken her slumbering innocence, or ignorance, of the plight of her subjects, and instill in her not only an understanding of Roumanian politics, but of patriotism.  His name was Prince Barbo Stirbey---and finally Marie had something to be passionate about.  In more ways than one."  (Inglorious Royal Marriages: n.p.)

"The most lasting and intriguing lover was a local, with all the traits we associate with the Byzantine and the Latin:  the hypnotically soft-spoken Prince Barbu Stirbey, a dark-browed Boyar full of expressive glances and suave gestures...." (The Romanian: Story of an Obsession: n.p.)

"Princess Marie's epiphany came after the peasant uprising of 1907 that shook King Carol's throne.  She formed an attachment to Prince Barbo Stirbey (who bore a striking resemblance to Waldorf Astor) who schooled Princess Marie in Balkan politics and began to prepare her for the throne telling King Carol 'it is essential not to break her will.  If we can persuade her to take herself and her duties more seriously, her natural intelligence will do the rest'.  (Henry Poole & Co)

"After a fling with Cyril's brother, Boris Vladimirovich, Marie began an affair with Prince Barbu Stirbey.  They had met years before, and while the paternity of Marie's youngest daughter Ileana was questioned, Stirbey admitted fathering her last child, Mircea who arrived in 1913. . . . "  (Panhistoria)
Barbu Stirbey
Barbu's physical appearance & personal qualities.
"Tall and slender, Stirbey hailed from one of the oldest aristocratic families in Roumania; his ancestors had riled the region of Wallachia long before Carol and Ferdinand's Hohenzollern dynasty warmed the Roumanian throne.  Two years Marie's senior, with a dark moustache and a mysterious air, he was handsome and culture, educated at the Sorbonne, where he had studied law.  In a country of glib self-aggrandizers, he was celebrated for his modesty.  Although Stirbey was married to a stunning cousin, he was a renowned lady-killer; the women of Bucharest rhapsodized about the 'strange hypnotic quality' of his bedroom brown eyes.  A former parliamentarian, he had turned his attention to cultivating his estate into a financial empire, investing the profits from his land into banking and venture capital." (Inglorious Royal Marriages: n.p.)

"Barbo did not originally set out to conquer the crown princess, but when circumstances threw them together, the two found themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. Beside's Barbo's obvious charms, title, wealth, political influence and intelligence (he read law at the University of Paris), it perhaps might have been to Stirbey's advantage that he bore a slight physical resemblance to Waldorf Astor. As for the crown princess, 'still recuperating from Waldorf Astor, Marie was not an easy conquest.' But 'Barbo demanded what Waldorf had not, an adult relationship. In return he offered total commitment.' This set the stage for a long-lasting and devoted friendship between Marie of Romania and Prince Barbo Stirbey that would survive the most trying tests in the years to come." (Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria:153-154)

"Despite this, by 1904, Marie had given birth to three more children. Elisabeta arrived in October 1894, followed by Maria (called Mignon) in 1900 and Nicolae in 1903; Mignon's paternity came under suspicion, as she was born not long after Marie's return from a mysterious trip to Coburg, and a liaison with Lieutenant Zizi Cantacuzene.  The affair began in 1897 when Marie began to find her new family impossible to deal with. . . . "  (Panhistoria)

Lovers' Affair's Effects on Their Family, Other People and Society: "Marie's relationship with her eldest son was one of deep sympathy, as well as strong conflict. Carol remained disgusted over his mother's relationship with Barbu Stirbey, who admitted to fathering the now dead Mircea . . . . " (Panhistoria)

"Ştirbey and Queen Marie were lovers, and Ştirbey was probably the father of her youngest child, Mircea, and possibly the father of Ileana." (Wikipedia)

"In 1907 Marie began a love affair that would last until her death thirty years later. Two years older that Marie, Barbo Stirbey came from an ancient aristocratic family and was one of the richest men in Romania...." (Herman, 2007, p. 264)

Specimen of Virile Masculinity: "...In the eyes of a Romanian aristocrat of the time, Princess Callimachi, there was hardly a man who could offer 'so intensely attractive a specimen of virile masculinity as Barbo Stirbey. Extremely personable, elegant, dark without Oriental exaggeration, some strange hypnotic quality lingered in his beautifully expressive eyes... His manner was unassuming, yet full of charm; he spoke little, but a gift of persuasion and instinctive psychological insight made him rarely miss his aim whenever he set himself one. Extraordinary was the way he always struck the right note." (Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria:154)

Balchik Palace
"The Romanian Queen chose a secluded corner to be her eternal rest - a humble stone grave dominated by a cross, brought over from Besssarabia with a short inscription on it, narrating a life history." (Romanian palace in Balchik)

Love Nest: "Undoubtedly the prize attraction of Balchik is this lovely palace... It was built in 1924-26 by King Ferdinand of Romania for his English wife, Queen Marie -- a granddaughter of Queen Victoria -- as a place of solitude and contemplation (Balchik was then part of Romania). Marie, a follower of the Baha'i faith, called it 'The Quiet Nest' and allegedly entertained her much younger Turkish lover here." (Bulgaria: 252)
Boris Vladimirovich of Russia
"Alfred's cousin, Grand Duke Boris, accompanied him to Romania.  Miechen's son was hardly a model, being a lothario of the greatest magnitude.  Few womanizers could out compete the debonair Boris Vladimirovich.  Even Crown Princess Marie of Romania was not immune to the grand duke's charm.  He made no secret of his admiration for the beautiful Missy which soon sent tongues wagging.  The Duchess of Coburg warned her daughter f the flirtation, but Missy succumbed to Boris's amusing company.  It would appear that Boris was 'the first of [Missy's] numerous lovers.' . . . . "  (From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1846-1928:n.d.)

"A precedent had been set when Missy fled to Coburg and to the protection of her mother in 1897.  That was why, when Missy found herself pregnant again late in 1899, the duchess did not hesitate.  Her instructions were set out with precision: 'My plan is to take you immediately to Coburg, where we can wait until you give birth. . . I will take care of the rest.'  True to her word, the duchess, like the Romanov that she was, fired off a warning to King Carol, telling him 'she would not allow Missy to have a miscarriage at Cotroceni [Palace in Bucharest].'  When King Carol held his ground and still refused to allow the crown princess to leave for Coburg, Missy pleaded with him to let him go. Already exhibiting a dynamism that was to distinguish her from her other royal cousins, Missy defiantly confronted King Carol and told the king 'right to his face' that 'she wanted a divorce, and that the child she was carrying was Boris's.'  The romance that had been kindled in May 1896 while Missy and Nando were in Moscow had continued on and off its erratic course.  Missy's threat worked.  The king was aghast.  For once, the grizzled veteran of Balkan political intrigue and bizarre behavior was thrown off course---and by a sprightly young woman who was clearly his subordinate.  To have such a scandal tainting the House of Hohenzollern was unthinkable for the old king.  In the end, King Carol met his match in the combined onslaught of the crown Princess of Romania and her mother.  So, Missy gave birth in the more tranquil surroundings of Coburg to her second daughter in January 1900---named Marie, though all her life she would be known as Mignon.  In the weeks before the birth, Missy's attitude toward her husband and her need to follow her duties as wife and princess had undergone a transformation."  (Born to Rule: 88)

"In 1899 Marie became pregnant again and asked Ferdinand to allow her to give birth at Coburg. He continuously refused until she told him that the child was not in fact him but Grand Duke Boris Vladmirovich. Eventually Ferdinand claimed this daughter as his own and she later became Maria of Yugoslavia. The father of Marie's fourth child is widely believed to be Waldorf Astor but much like he did with Maria, Ferdinand accepted Nicolas as his own." (spiderlily, Msg 72?)

3) Eugen Zwiedeneck (1886-1956)
Romanian general

4) Fabrice
Italian architect
5) George V of Great Britain.
6) Hassan
the boatman.
7) Ion Bratianu
Romanian politician:
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Joseph Boyle

8) Joe Boyle (1867-1923)
Canadian adventurer, business & entrepreneur.
a.k.a. Joseph Whiteside Boyle; Klondike Joe Boyle; the King of the Klondike; the Saviour of Romania.

"Marie was considered to be the most beautiful royal in Europe. She was Joe's junior by eight years, having been born in England in 1875 as the second child of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna. Granddaughter of England's Queen Victoria, Marie had been married at the age of 17 to the Hohenzollern crown prince of Rumania.

Ferdinand I, nicknamed 'Nando" by Marie, ascended to the throne in 1914, so Marie had only served a few years as a monarch when she first met Joe. She was a romantic, almost soppy woman. She had a tendency to over-dramatize every event in her life, colouring it with a self-centred, almost mawkish sentimental sheen. Joe's audience made an impressive impact upon her.

"Afterwards, on March 7, 1918, she described the meeting. '. . . I had a busy day. I had to receive a very interesting Englishman, a certain Colonel Boyle who is working for us in Russia trying to better our situation. A very curious fascinating sort of man, who is frightened of nothing, and who, by his extraordinary force of will and fearlessness gets through everywhere. The real type English adventurer books are written about. Alas I could not talk with him half enough. . . .'

Marie found Joe to be a refreshing interlude in her busy day. His eves, she said, were beep blue and keen, 'sometimes even fierce.' He had a grip of steel but hands that were 'refined.' She invited him to a celebratory Christmas party, but Joe declined. Instead, the next day found him quietly enjoying a well-deserved dinner alone while Queen Marie and King Ferdinand entertained Hill and the British Embassy staff at a ball." (Klondike Joe Boyle: Heroic Adventures from Gold Fields to Battlefields: 87)

Joe and Marie's time together.
"Von Mackensen's pass to Jassy prevented Joe from crossing the German lines again back into Russia. When Joe asked the Rumanian government to interceded with the Germans, he was ignored. The impasse left him time to visit with Queen Marie on several occasions, riding horses in the countryside, attending church services, taking a brief holiday to Cotafanesti to visit a royal hunting lodge with her and others, and enjoying dinners in the royal summer palace. When two planes were turned over to his use by the Rumanian air force, however, Joe was able to maintain partial contact with his spy network. For the most part, May was a month of forced leisure." (Klondike Joe Boyle: 111)

And then they became lovers.
"During this time it seems likely the relationship between Joe and Queen Marie deepened and they became lovers. King Ferdinand had a reputation for his own dalliances. Perhaps Queen Marie felt freer to accept the Canadian's bold advances. He was a man of strong will and energy, and was definitely full-blooded. He made his own rules and probably didn't restrict himself with old-fashioned standards that denied him women of importance like Marie. He was a man who was obviously in love and she was a romantic who bestowed her affection towards him openly." (Klondike Joe Boyle: 112)

From Bonanza to Bucharest.

Waldorf Astor

9) Waldorf Astor of Cliveden2nd Viscount Astor (1879-1952)
Naughty but only platonic?: "Marie's social life could not have been quite as dire as she made it out to be, because during this period, she became great friends with the American-born British expat, future politician, and business tycoon Waldorf Astor and his young sister, Pauline. The Astors were devoted Roumaniaphiles. And Marie found Waldorf, then in his early twenties and younger than she, uncommonly handsome, and his manners impeccable. She clearly fell in love with him, and her affection and admiration were in some measure reciprocated. However, no substantive proof has yet been discovered that would confirm the torrid affair alluded to in the gossip of the day. Their relationship more than likely remained platonic, replete as it may have been with overt flirtation and naughty verbal innuendo. Yet even a whiff of sexual scandal was enough to mar Marie's character; a very married European crown princess had to watch every step, regardless of her husband's conduct." (Inglorious Royal Marriages: n.p.)

"In 1902 Princess Marie visited England to attend the coronation of King Edward VII. It was there that she met and formed an attachment with American heir Waldorf Astor. Though Astor would go on to marry England's first sitting MP Nancy Astor, he remained devoted to Princess Marie. Princess Marie described her lot in a letter to Lady Astor (who called her 'the lunatic Princess): 'we solitary royalties have a heart like other human beings and need love and affection like others, but we seldom get it as we are supposed to be happy enough in our so cold grandeur'. (Henry Poole & Co)

"The father of Marie's fourth child is widely believed to be Waldorf Astor (sic; Astor's) but much like he did with Maria, Ferdinand accepted Nicolas as his own." (Unfaithful Queens) [Ref1:Gelardi:105]

American dancer
" . . . Her close relationship with friend and confidant Waldorf Astor was widely known, although her long-time correspondence with American dancer Loie Fuller was kept secret for some time. . . . "  (Panhistoria)
12) Zizi Cantacuzino.
Lover in 1897-1898.
a.k.a. Zizi Cantacuzene.; General Zizi Cantacuzino; Colonel.

"Ferdinand was an invalid for so long that King Carol assigned an aide-de-camp to attend to Marie's needs as crown princess. It was a pure case of sending the fox to guard the hen house. The dashing Lieutenant Zizi Cantacuzene was already an officer in Marie's regiment of Hussars. He was short, dark, and a flamboyant dresser, and his sense of mischief at a time when Marie sorely needed her own spirits lifted made for a combustible combination. Soon the pair were spending a good deal of time together, a fact duly noted by a governess to the royal children, who reported to the king the crown princess's untoward behavior with her aide-de-camp." (Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony: n.p.)

"Marie of Edinburgh married Ferdinand I of Romania January of 1883. Supposedly Marie was repulsed by her husband, and while still a crown princess had an affair with Lt. Zizi Cantacuzene. It created a huge scandal for Marie and her husband. Marie fled back to her mother and gave birth to a child that mysteriously vanished." (spiderlily, Msg 72?)

" . . . In 1897, Missy embroiled herself in a romance involving a lieutenant Zizi Cantacuzene, a member of her household. The scandal became widely known and was ended by King Carol. . . When, in the fall of 1897, Missy found herself pregnant, it was to her mother the she fled for refuge. As this was at the height of her affair with Cantacuzene, the uproar caused by the pregnancy prompted Missy to leave Romania. Nothing was ever known of the child born at Coburg. Ine historian has suggested that it may have either been sent to an orphanage or was stillborn at birth. Whatever happened, the story of the mysterious child of Marie of Romania was one secret 'she apparently took with her to the grave. . . ." (Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria: 87-88)

"When an heir, Prince Carol, was born in 1893 he was taken away from Princess Marie who the King considered 'too English, too free and easy, too frivolous, too fond of dress, of riding, of outdoor life, too outspoken, with not enough respect for conventions or etiquette'. Isolation and her husband's infidelities led Princess Marie into the arms of Lieutenant Zizi Cantacuzene; the first of many amours." (Henry Poole & Co)

Marie's infidelity's effects on her family relations:  "In Roumania, extramarital affairs, even royal ones, didn't raise more than an eyebrow and a shrug.  It was a lusty society and such things were de rigueur.  However, Marie's German and English relations found it utterly unacceptable;e (despite the fact that nearly all of her male relatives had mistresses). Women were expected to behave with complete propriety.  And Marie's antics with her aide-de-camp engendered gossip across Europe. . . . " (Inglorious Royal Marriages: n.p.)

" . . Missy  . . . became pregnant in 1897, not by Crown Prince Ferdinand or Boris, but the princess's aide-de-camp, a Lieutenant Zizi Cantacuzene. The scandal compelled Missy to flee to her mother in Coburg. Nothing is known about the child who may have been 'stillborn or put in an orphanage.' . . . . " (From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1846-1928:n.d.)

13) General Zwiedineck.
"Carol's cruelties, however, at last revealed to his mother what he was—paranoid, power-mad and dangerous. Even now, though, Marie could not abandon Carol entirely, and never los the hope that one day, he would change, take her back and accord he the honours the mother of a king deserved. As she waited in this brave but futile hope, Marie occupied herself with her grandchildren, her riding, her garden, the publication of her autobiography, and with her latest admirer, the devoted General Zwiedineck." (Tom's Place)

Marie's Children by Different Fathers.
"She didn’t like him much and wrote to her good friend, Loie Fuller (American, modern dancer, friend of Rodin and Marie Curie) about 'the distaste, which grew to revulsion' for her husband. But she had several children, most of whom are thought to be by the Romanian prime minister Barbu Stirbey and Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich, a notorious Russian playboy, whose obituary read: 'a man of generous tendencies, who tipped shop girls with twenty dollar bills.'" (Marie of Romania and Her Dusty, Disinterred Heart: A Love Story)

"Princess Marie married Prince Ferdinand in Sigmaringen, Germany, on 10 January 1893. The marriage, which produced three daughters and three sons, was not a happy one. The couple’s two youngest children, Ileana and Mircea, were born after Marie met her long-time lover, Barbu Ştirbey. Historians generally agree that Ştirbey was the father of Prince Mircea. The paternity of Ileana is uncertain, as is the paternity of Marie’s second daughter, Maria (or Mignon), the future Queen of Yugoslavia. Ferdinand’s paternity of the three other children, Carol, Nicholas and Elisabeth, has not been disputed."  (What is the Use of Being a Queen if You Can't Take a Lover?)

Marie's Children:  "...Marie had produced several children whose paternity was as suspect as Elizabeth's own maternity.  Marie herself had blurted out to King Carol I that her third child, and namesake daughter Marie (mignon), was not her husband's but her cousin Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich Russia's.  Her next child, and second son, Nicholas, was commonly supposed to be the progeny of her lover William (sic) Waldorf Astor, even though in later life he so closely resembled the Hohenzollerns that there is some doubt as to whether he was indeed an Astor.  Her last two children's natural father, however, was her long-term lover Prince Barbu Stirbey, though, in keeping with the principle of presumption of legitimacy, they were members of the House of Hohenzollern and known as Princess Eleana and Prince Mircea of Romania."  (Campbell, 2012, n.p.)

Marie of Romania References.

Marie of Romania Gallery.
Marie of Romania
@ Henry Poole & Co.
Marie of Romania @ Facebook.
Queen Marie of Romania's Christmas Story @ Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.
Scandal at the Quiet Nest @ Tom's Place.
Marko of Serbia
"According to Mauro Orbini, Marko married Yelena, the daughter of Radoslav Hlapen, Lord of Berria and Voden. His married life was turbulent and he abandoned Yelena because of her immoral life. Then, in 1380, while Marko was fighting in campaigns on the Sultan's behalf, Yelena ceded Kastoria to Balsa II Balsic and to the Albanian magnate Andriya Musaki. Marko tried several times to recapture Kastoria by force and, although he had the support of the Turkish troops, he failed.  Yelena was not the only woman in King Marko's life. He was known for his love affairs... King Marko gave his father-in-law, Radoslav Hlapen, a certain Todora, the wife of Grgur, in exchange for the return of his own wife Yelena.  King Marko historically had no offspring, although Bulgarian folk tradition hints that he did have an illegitimate child..." (Prince Marko: The Hero of South Slavic Epics: 18-19)
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Mihailo Obrenovic III of Serbia
Prince of Serbia 1839-1841, 1860-1868.
a.k.a. Mihailo Obrenovic III.
Mihailo Obrenovic III of Serbia

Husband ofJulia Hunyady de Kethely (1831-1919), daughter of Count Ferenc Hunyadi de Kethely & Countess Julia Zichy de Zich & Vasonkeo, mar 1853

His lovers were:
1) Katarina Konstantinovic.

2) Marija Berghaus (?-1849)
Natural offspring:
1. Vili Berghaus (1849-?)
"One of them is a story about Vili Berghaus, born on Maj 8, 1849. The illegitimate son of Serbian prince Miloš Obrenovič III had been born in prince’s romance with native Marija Berghaus, who died shortly after she gave birth to a son. Vili had been moved in Beograd, where he grew up. There he also renamed himself in Velimir Mihajl Teodorović, which is an old family name used in the family Obrenović. Despite he was illegitimate and therefore never officially recognized; he inherited a considerable amount of father’s heritage, which he, after his death, gave for culture, children and orphans in Serbia." (Genhistoria)

Mihailo Obrenovic III of Serbia's wife's lover.
Julia Hunyady de Kethely
Princess of Serbia
Daughter ofFerenc Hunyady de Kethely & Julia Zichy de Zich et Vasonkeo.

Her lover was:
Karl Anton von Arenberg, Prinz von Recklinghausen.
"One can only guess about the cause of Lady Malet's grief. There are from time to time in Sophie's later letters allusions to an affair---and after that a marriage---of Charles d'Aremberg with a certain Princess Obrenovic, nee Countess Julie Hunyadi, a very beautiful Hungarian who was once the mistress of Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria...." (Queen Sophie & Lady Malet, 1989, p. 250)
King of Serbia 1882; Prince of Serbia 1868.
a.k.a. Milan Obrenovich IV of Serbia.

Son ofMilos Obrenovic & Marija Obrenovic

Husband of:
Natalija Kesco (1859-1941)
a.k.a. Natalie of Serbia; Nathalie Kechko.
mar 1875.
"In the month of May 1874, Prince Milan Obrenovich IV of Servia surprised his Government and his people by announcing to them in an open telegram from Vienna that he had become engaged to Mademoiselle Nathalie Kechko. This came as an unwelcome surprise to the Ministers, who had been planning to obtain for him the hand of one of several young Russian Princesses . . . At the same time, however, unknown to the Government, Milan's mother, Princess Helene Obrenovich, nee Catargi, had selected a bride for her son. By her arrangements Princess Mourousi, the aunt and the guardian of the young children of her deceased sister Mme. Kechko, brought her niece Nathalie to Vienna. Milan was invited to Vienna to see the young lady. The moment he saw her he fell passionately in love with her. She was then hardly eighteen, and very pretty. Her large dark and very expressive eyes together with her brilliant complexion and somewhat Armenian, if not Georgian, cast of countenance, gaver her the stam of an Oriental beauty. No one could come into her presence without feeling that she was the type of a superior woman. Struck from the first moment by her beauty, Prince Milan was soon fascinated by her spiritual qualities. In his first conversation with her he found that this Oriental beauty had the culture of an Occidental lady, and more especially that she had the brilliant esprit of a Frenchwoman." (A Royal Tragedy: 9-10)

Milan's physical appearance & personal qualities:  "Thus it was that, when Prince Michael summoned the boy to Belgrade, in order to make the acquaintance of his successor, he was horrified to see an uncouth lad, as devoid of manners and of education as any in the slums of his capital.  The heir to the throne could neither read nor write; the only language he spoke was a debased Roumanian, picked up from the servants who had been his only associates, while of the land over which he was to rule one day he knew absolutely nothing. The only hope for him was his extreme youth---he was at the time only twelve years old---and Michael lost no time in having him trained for the high station he was destined to fill. . .  The progress the boy made was amazing.  Within two years he was unrecognisable as the half-savage who had so shocked the Court of Belgrade.  He could speak the Servian tongue, and a winning courtesy of manner which to his last day was his most marked characteristic; he had mastered many accomplishments, and he excelled in most manly exercises, from riding to swimming. . .   Thus when, within two years of his emancipation, he came to his crown, the uncouth lad from Roumania had blossomed into a Prince as goodly to look on as any in Europe could show---a handsome boy of courtly graces and accomplishments, able to converse in several languages, and singularly equipped in all ways to win the homage of the simple people over whom he had been so early called to rule. . . ."  (Love Affairs of the Courts of Europe:  n.p.)
Milan's personal & family background:  "It was by strange paths that the fourteen-year old Milan had thus come to his Principality.  The son of Jefrenn Obrenovitch, uncle of the reigning Michael, he was cradled one August day in 1854, his mother being Marie Catargo, of the powerful race of Roumanian 'Hospodars,' a woman of strong passions and dissolute life.  When her temper and infidelities had driven her husband to the drinking that put a premature end to his days, Marie transferred her affection, without sanction of a wedding-ring, to Prince Kusa, a man of as evil repute as herself.  In such a home and with such guardians her only child, Milan, the future ruler of Servia, spent the early years of his life---ill-fed, neglected, and supremely wretched."  (Love Affairs of the Courts of Europe:  n.p.)

His lovers were:

1) Artemisia Ioanides (1849-1906)
Serbian courtier
Private secretary of King Milan I Obrenovic.
a.k.a. Artemisia Hristic, Artemisia Christich.
Wife ofMilan Christich, the King's private secretary.
Natural offspring1. Obren Christic (1890-1925), a.k.a. born Obren Christich Obren Hristic; Prince George Obrenovic.

Artemisia's personal background and influence:  "Artemisia Christich was the mistress of King Milan I Obrenovic. She was the daughter of a timber merchant and was raised in Constantinople. Fluent in Greek, Turkish, and French, she later returned to Belgrade, where she became the wife of Milan’s private secretary, Milan Christich. Not particularly prepossessing of figure or face, and older than the king, she nonetheless possessed lustrous black hair and beautiful eyes and completely captivated the king, with the full approval of her husband. The liaison was not popular with the government, who believed that Christich and her husband were in the pay of the pro-Russian party. Artemesia hoped that she could manipulate the king into divorcing Queen Nathalie, and marry her, she by now having borne him an illegitimate son, Obren. However, her influence succeeded only in destroying Milan politically and he was forced to abdicate in favour of his son Alexander, and was exiled to Paris (1889). Christich’s liaison with Milan now ended and she later threatened to publish his letters to her, but to no avail. She returned for a time to reside in Constantinople, but later returned to Belgrade (1906) in order encourage support for the claims of her son Obren, as a pretender to the Serbian throne, but could raise no support. She retired into obscurity." (A Bit of History)

Ambitious lady:  "But the Grecian lady who was only one of the many fair women who basked successively (or together) in Milan's favour.  A much more formidable rival was Artemesia Christich, a woman as designing as she was lovely, who was quick to envelope the weak King in the toils of her witchery. Not content with his smiles and favours she aspired to take Natalie's place as Queen of Servia (sic); and, it is said, had extorted from him a promise that he would make her his Queen as soon as his existing marriage tie could be dissolved. And to this infamous compact, Artemesia's husband, a man as crafty and unscrupulous as herself, consented, in return for his promotion to certain high and profitable offices in the State."  (Love Affairs of the Courts of Europe:  n.p.)

His wife's best friend, his private secretary's wife:  " . . . Unfortunately his choice fell upon Nathalie's best friend, Madame Artemesia Christich, the wife of his private secretary. People whispered that she was a Russian agent, particularly when Milan began to talk of divorcing Nathalie to marry her. . . ." (The Russian Dagger: Cold War in the Days of the Czars: 224)
Milica Protic
@ Alexander Palace
2) Milica Protic.
a.k.a. Mica.

a.k.a. Peter the Lame.

His lovers were:

1) Irina Botezata.
a gypsy.

2) Maria, a Circassian.
"His first marriage to Maria Amirali was arranged in childhood, and failed. Petru soon fell in love with a gypsy named Irina who became his mistress since marriage to a gypsy was inconceivable. He had Irina freed from slavery and baptized, hence her nickname "Botezata" (the Baptized). Together they moved to the city of Bolzano in present day Italy's Tyrol. Sadly for Irina, Peter fell in love again with a seductive Circassian lady named Maria, a lady-in-waiting at his mini-court. The gypsy died presumably of a broken heart at 25 years-old and buried in a small cemetery in Bolzano. Their son Stefanita, never ruled but instead was raised as a Catholic and placed in a Jesuit seminary in Innsbruck. He was known to be an obedient student, but died of tuberculosis in 1585. He is buried beside his parents in Bolzano." (Wikipedia)

Radu III of Wallachia (1435-1475)
a.k.a. Radu the Fair; Radu the Handsome (Rom. cel Frumos); Radu Bey (to the Turkish)
[Bio2] [Pix1

His lover was
Mehmed IIOttoman Sultan.
"While a hostage at the Ottoman court in the 1440s, Radu (whose epithet, "cel Frumos" means "the Handsome"), younger brother of Vlad III the Impaler, became the beloved of the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II, after first refusing his favors and wounding him with his own sword. The sultan is said to have prevailed upon the boy by means of presents and kind usage. The relationship lasted many years and Radu was raised to the highest posts in the army." (Sources: Vlad Tepes Dracula)

"Although Dracul's two boys were not killed, their lives were certainly in danger, and the terms of their imprisonment were made harsher. A Turkish document states that Radu, the handsomer of the two, had to defend his honor against the sexual advances of no less a person than young Mehmed himself, the heir to the throne. The Byzantine chronicler Laonicus Chalcondyles described Radu's beauty and voluptuousness, which had won him the favor of the future Mehmed II. He gives us a vivid account of the manner in which Radu defended his honor against the advances of the drunken prince, who did not follow the prescription of the Koran, by using his sword to wound his would-be lover. Fearing for his life, Radu spent the night hidden in a tree outside the seraglio for fear of Mehmed's vengeance. Being weak-natured, though, he eventually succumbed to sensual pleasures and became Mehmed's minion. He also became Mehmed's protege and chosen candidate for the Wallachian throne, not leaving Turkey until 1462. Submission was also the price paid by Radu for his becoming a full-fledged officer at the sultan's court, which probably took place in 1447, under Murad II." (Florescu & McNally, n.p.)

"...For...Radu, the Turkish experience was much different. It's estimated that Radu was around eight years old when he was handed to the Turkish court, and was much more impressionable at such an early age. Radu, who would become known as Radu the Handsome, was a beautiful boy and quickly became a popular addition to the court of Sultan Murad. During his years with the Turks, Radu was a willing convert to Islam and rapidly shed the appearance of being a diplomatic hostage. Radu in essence became exactly what Murad had intended him to be---a minion of the Ottoman Turks. (Karg, et. al., 2009, p. 55)

"Their younger sibling, Radu, despite his warrior's training, spoke softly, moved quietly and tended to prefer the company of only certain boys. (Florescu and McNally hint at Radu's homosexuality.) Angelic faced, the image of his mother, he would, in time, be called Radu the Handsome. In later years, he and Dracula would become fierce rivals." (Geringer)
Vlad II Dracul of Wallachia

His lover was:
a.k.a. Mother Eupraxia.
"In addition to his wife, Vlad Dracul, like his predecessors, had a number of mistresses; one of these was a Wallachian boyar lady known simply as Caltuna. She later took the veil and adopted the name of Mother Eupraxia when she became the abbess of a monastery. It was Caltuna who mothered Vlad the Monk, one of Dracula's half-brothers and later a bitter foe, who eventually became prince f the land...."  (Florescu & McNally, 1989, n.p.)
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