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The Religious Affiliation of
Queen Marie of Romania
Queen Marie of Romania was apparently never officially enrolled as a Baha'i, but is considered a Baha'i at heart. Baha'is consider her the first crowned ruler to embrace the faith. Her love of the faith is displayed through (among other sources) her letters published in Priceless Pearl (by Ruhiyyih Rabbani, London: Baha'i Pub. Trust, 1969).
From: Wendy Scott, "The Baha'i Faith" article on "GraceWatcher's World Religion Studies" website (http://www.gracewatcher.org/bahaifaith.html; viewed 18 October 2005):
The Baha'i Faith has attracted two monarchs: The late Queen Marie of Rumania (The Dawing Place...), grandaughter of Queen Victoria, in the early part of this century, and Malietoa Tanumafili II... of Samoa...
From: "1922-1931" webpage in Timeline section of "The Dawning Place" website at BahaiTemple.org, published in May 2003, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Baha'i House of Worship in North America (http://www.bahaitemple.org/timeline/1922_more.html; viewed 18 October 2005):
Queen Marie, who reigned as Queen of Rumania from 1914–1927 and queen dowager from 1927–1938, was the first royal supporter of the Bahá'í Faith. She learned of the Faith through Martha Root, an American woman who traveled extensively, speaking and writing about the Bahá'í Teachings in every corner of the world and meeting with people from all walks of life.
Ms. Root met with the queen eight times. During one of these audiences in 1928, Queen Marie gave Ms. Root a stunning brooch as a gift. Martha Root described the event in these words:
. . . Her dear Majesty had given the writer a gift, a lovely and rare brooch which had been a gift to the Queen from her royal relatives in Russia some years ago. It was two little wings of wrought gold and silver, set with tiny diamond chips, and joined together with one large pearl. “Always you are giving gifts to others, and I am going to give you a gift from me,” said the Queen smiling, and she herself clasped it onto my dress.
With the queen's consent, Ms. Root sent the brooch to the United States to be sold at the annual convention for the Temple fund. It was purchased by Mr. Willard Hatch, a Bahá'í from Los Angeles, who later took it to Haifa and gave it to Shoghi Effendi as a gift for the International Bahá'í Archives.
Queen Marie publicly proclaimed her support of the Bahá'í Teachings in three testimonies that were published in nearly two hundred newspapers in the United States and Canada, then translated and spread as far abroad as Europe, Asia, and Australia. In one such statement, she wrote:
If ever the name of Bahá'u'lláh or ‘Abdu'l-Bahá comes to your attention, do not put their writings from you. Search out their Books, and let their glorious, peace-bringing, love-creating words and lessons sink into your hearts as they have into mine.
Webpage created 15 July 2005. Last modified 18 October 2005.
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