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Especially at times of grave tension, all friendships are important, so the visit to Britain of King Carol of Rumania in November 1938 was greeted with greater than usual acclaim. Of course, ties of blood were equally strong since his mother, Queen Marie, was the daughter of Queen Victoria’s son Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
The special issue ‘Rumania and her King’

(Appendix List No. 124) was produced on December 3rd to emphasize the importance of this visit. Different sections present a pictorial biography of the King and his son, Crown Prince Michael (whose imposing official title was Grand Voivod of Alba Julia); the peasant class in traditional dress; monastic art; notable buildings of Bucharest; the beauties of the four provinces of Wallachia, Moldavia, Banat and Transylvania; the natural resources of salt, oil, coal and timber, and the development of the Rumanian Black Sea resorts.
The cover shows a coloured photograph of King Carol wearing the uniform of the Rumanian Horse Guards seated on his throne. The decorative frame is in the form of a mosaic or embroidery in the country’s national colours with the Royal coat of arms at the bottom.
This is issue number 5198, vol. 193, pages 1011-1082, measuring 37 x 26 cm and priced at one shilling.

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