Crown Princess (later Queen) Marie of Romania and her 4 eldest children. From left, Princess Marie (later Queen of Yugoslavia), Princess Elisabeth (later Queen of Greece), Prince Nicholas, and Prince Carol (later King Carol II). Princess Marie's father was widely believed to be Barbu Stirbey, her mother's long time lover. To quiet the rumors Crown Prince Ferdinand quickly claimed Marie as his own.
King Carol I (1839-1914) Romania. He was elected Ruling Prince of the Romanian United Principalities in 1866 after the overthrow of Alexandru Ioan Cuza by a palace coup. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War, he declared Romania a sovereign nation in 1878 (the country had been under the control of the Ottoman Empire until then). He was proclaimed King of Romania in 1881.
Queen Marie wearing her sapphire and diamond Parure. The sapphire hanging from the necklace was at the time the worlds largest sapphire, weighing 478 carats. The tiara once belonged to Grand Duchess Vladimir.