Later Chapters of My Life: The Lost Memoir of Queen Marie of Romania

Mandache, Diana

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Synopsis: Queen Marie of Romania was one of the most brilliant monarchs of the twentieth century. Described by one biographer as 'the most voluptuous queen in Europe' she distinguished herself during the First World War when she publicly opposed the peace agreement between Romania and Germany. She was also a gifted writer, and in the mid-1930s, publication of three volumes of her memoirs, The Story of My Life, brought her worldwide renown. Yet, until now, her story has remained incomplete. This recently discovered last memoir of Queen Marie reveals through her own eyes those last chapters of her life.

The granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Marie was brought up at Eastwell Park in Kent. Glamorous and beautiful, she had men falling at her feet, yet at the age of seventeen she married the shy Crown Prince of Romania. It was a step that was to propel her on to the stage of international politics, and see her venture upon unofficial diplomatic missions, earning her the title of an 'irresistible ambassador'.

Her last memoir, written from the period following the First World War until the end of 1922, includes both the trivia and intimate details of her daily life, and also brings us alongside her as she witnesses world-changing events. From the 1919 Peace Conference - at which Queen Marie met Clemenceau, Poincare, Woodrow Wilson and Hoover - to her last meeting with her mother, the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg; and from her informal visits to Paris, London and Transylvania to the first parliament of Greater Romania, the memoir gives insight into the life of this extraordinary queen.

From the Author: This final volume, ‘Later Chapters of My Life’, a previously unpublished manuscript, was for a long time believed to have been destroyed by King Carol II after his mother’s death. Marie’s last private secretary, Christine Galitzi, knew ‘of the new book the Queen was writing as a sequel to The Story of My Life’. She believed that ‘after the Queen’s death Carol ordered the manuscript to be destroyed’.

The writing of these last memoirs was undertaken on the basis of notes from queen’s diary. Short time after the publication of the first volume from ‘The Story of My Life’ the Queen was asked to continue the writing of her captivating recollections. The first mentions about starting of the fourth volume appeared during August 1934 in the correspondence between the Queen and Ray Harris Baker, the founder of Queen Marie’s Collection.

The completion of this volume of memoirs by the Queen continued with many difficulties stemming from pressures from her son Carol II He was envying the queen because of her widely recognized prestige. The result was that she decided to hide her private papers. Also from 1931, as a measure of precaution against Carol’s intrusions, she arranged to have a part of her correspondence received through King Alexander of Yugoslavia, her son-in-law, in Belgrade and in Bucharest at the Yugoslav Legation.

Documents confirm Marie’s fears during 1930s and her wish to place the diaries and other personal papers in a safe place at the British Legation in Bucharest. This was a political sensitive action and was possible only for a short time. The intention to keep her papers, material for her memoirs, in a safe place was paralleled by similar situation which occurred between Empress Frederick and her son Kaiser Wilhelm II. The same kind of restrictions and pressure resulted that her memoirs and Kaiser Frederick III’ s personal papers to be smuggled out of Germany by the British Embassy in Berlin and stored in England.

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