Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Romanian Queen's Faux Pas

Officials were busy trying to hush up criticism of the Queen’s violation of diplomatic etiquette in holding a State Dinner here last night without first making a courtesy call on President and Mrs. Coolidge

Queen Marie ‘In Dutch’ 
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Already in National Capital 
Gives Dinner, Failing to Call On President and Wife

By United Press


WASHINGTON, D. C., October 19th - The onward sweep of Queen Marie’s American popularity tour hit a snag today. Officials were busy trying to hush up criticism of the Queen’s violation of diplomatic etiquette in holding a State Dinner here last night without first making a courtesy call on President and Mrs. Coolidge. Although her Majesty’s banquet was described by the Roumanian legation as “a family dinner,’’ invitations were sent to the Ministers of Poland, Czecho-Slavakia, Jugo-Slavia, the Charge d’Affairs of Great Britain and France and other officials. 


Critics of the Queen’s diplomatic dinner said her impropriety could have been avoided had she called at the White House immediately after arriving in Washington, the original plan announced by the State Department. With these worries on its hands, the Department was undecided today what reply if any should be made to protests of newspaper publishers against alleged exploitation by the Queen for commercial purposes of this government’s hospitality. — Healdsburg Tribune, 1926

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