Apparently, however, it is thought that too much English is not good for foreign Royalty, judging by the fact that a short time ago several of Norway's Ministers opposed the suggestion that little Prince Olaf, the heir-apparent to the crown of Norway, should, as his Royal Highness is destined for the Navy, receive part of his education in an English college.like Prince Edward and his brother Albert. There is naturally an objection to the Prince of a country being educated abroad. But in view of the fact that Prince Olaf was born in this country, at Appleton House, Sandringham, eight years ago, that his mother is the third daughter of the late King Edward, and, of course, a sister of King George, and that his father is a nephew of Queen Alexandra, it is felt that such a course as that proposed would result in many advantages.
Prince Olaf quite captivated the hearts of his father's subjects when, in 1905, at the age of two, when his parents entered Norway, he seized a Norwegian flag from a boy standing on the quay and proudly waved it above his head. With his fair hair and brilliant blue eyes, he is a typical Norwegian,
Prince Leopold, heir to the throne of Bavaria, grandson of the famous Royal oculist Duke Karl Theodore of Bavaria
Photo, Nachy and had to undergo a daily mobbing when his parents first settled at Christiania.
His popularity may be judged from; the fact that he has been simply bombarded with gifts since his father became King of Norway, one of the most remarkable being that of a lovely island, named For tin Bras, on the west coast of Norway, some 20,000 square yards in size, noted for its fine shooting and fishing, which was presented to his Royal Highness by an English lady. This gift will, doubtless, be greatly appreciated when Prince Olaf is able to handle a gun and a rod. Meantime, his chief delight is a model railway, given to him as a Christmas present by the late King Edward - an exact replica of a complete English railway system.
King Edward also gave his youthful grandson a donkey, which is Prince Olaf's constant companion. One of the Prince's favourite occupations, however, is gardening, and when the fine weather comes the little heir-apparent will be seen in the Royal park with his small wh e e lbar r ow "helping the gardener" and bearing away the dead leaves.
Not a little of Prince Olaf's popularity, by the way, is due to the fact that his father bestowed upon him the name of Olaf when he accepted the throne of Norway. Olaf was not the Prince's Christian name. He was christened Alexander Edward Christian Frederic. He received his new name when his father, in replying to the telegram from the Storthing announcing his election to the thron , wired: "I accept election as King with the permission of the King, my illustrious grandfather, and will adopt the name of Haakon VII., conferring on my son the name of Olaf." This was an exceedingly tactful measure on the part of the new monarch, for Olaf is the patron saint of Norway, while one of the most revered of the early kings, Olaf, won great fame as a warrior and wrested the throne of Norway from the invader.
Prince Olaf reminds one very much of Prince Leopold, the ten-year-old great-grandson of the aged Prince Regent of Bavaria, who will one day inherit the throne of that country. He is an engaging little chap, who is being trained on the simplest lines. He might, indeed, be the son of a small country farmer, so little is he affected by his exalted sphere in life. Prince Leopold's mother is Princess Rupprecht, daughter of the famous Royal oculist Duke Karl Theodore of Bavaria. Her sister married the present King of Belgium, so that the two Prince Leopolds, of Bavaria and Belgium respectively, are first cousins. Another European prince about whom we do not hear a great deal, and who may one day sit on a throne, is Prince Carol, the eldest son of the Crown Prince of Roumania. Prince Carol was born in 1893, and it cannot be said that the path to kingship is likely to be strewn with roses for him. His father, the Crown Prince, who is a nephew of the present King of Roumania, being a Roman Catholic instead of a member of the Orthodox Greek Church-the national religion-is distasteful to the people over whom he is destined to reign. So high, indeed, has public opinion risen on several occasions that he has been urged to renounce his claim to the throne.
It is possible also that there are troublous times ahead for Prince Alfonso, the four-year-old heir-apparent to the throne of Spain, for over the latter country there seems to hang the shadow of revolution.
Meantime, the Prince of Asturias, and his brother Jaime, who is a year younger than the heir-apparent-generally referred to, by the way, by his brother as "my brother the Infante," but sometimes addressed familiarly in English as "Jimmy" - are spending happy days with their sister, Princess Beatrice, in Madrid. Like Queen Helene of Italy, the young Queen of Spain has also dared, for the sake of her children, to run somewhat counter to the punctilious etiquette of Court. King Alfonso was not brought up according to the methods of English parents, and he frankly admits that it would have been better for his health if he had. The consequence is that the young Queen of Spain has always insisted that her nursery should be conducted on modern British lines.
Prince Alfonso has already gained much popularity in Spain, and many tokens of affection in which he is held are received almost daily from all ranks of his future subjects,
A delightful picture of the simple life led by the Spanish Royal children has been provided by Mr. Kellog J. Durland, who, during a stay in Madrid, came into close contact with them. He wrote to King Alfonso, asking for an audience with the Royal children. Without a moment's hesitation the King replied: "Certainly you may visit the Princes. But you must see them when they are natural, when they are at play. The best thing would be for you to go with them one morning to the Casa de Campo, and play in the sand with them." This was arranged, and Mr. Durland arrived in the Casa de Campo, a vast Royal park behind the palace, one morning a moment after the Princes. "The Prince of Asturias," he says, "was just being handed out of the carriage, and he saw me first. Instantly he shouted, 'kaulak, Kaulak is coming !' Kaulak is a Madrid photographer, who takes most of the photographs of the Royal Family, and the little Prince had caught sight of the camera in my hand. He was told that I was not Kaulak, but, like Kaulak, I could take his picture. The little man surveyed me critically with his bluest of blue eyes, and, seeming satisfied, came and stood directly in front of me with his baby hand at salute, suggesting that I take his picture that way."
Afterwards the little Princes insisted on gathering some strawberries for their visitor as a reward for his kindness in playing with them. Although he is so young, the Prince of Asturias already speaks Spanish, French, and English.
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