A queen, a hero and a poppy

Once upon a time, in a far away land, called Romania, there was a queen, much loved by her people, even though she was not native. In fact Marie of Romania was British born.

There was war in Europe, and a time of great distress for all Romanians, and their queen.

Marie of Romania

Joe Boyle was a Canadian entrepreneur with interests spanning from mining gold to ice hockey. He was wealthy, and too old to enlist when the war broke out in Europe. That did not stop him from participating however, on his own terms.

Joe Boyle

He played a central part in “secreting the Romanian crown jewels and Romanian treasury out of the Kremlin and back into Romania. In March–April 1918, he rescued some 50 high-ranking Romanians held in Odessa by revolutionaries. This made Boyle a national hero in Romania and gave him influence within its royal court.

At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 he was instrumental in helping Romania to obtain a $25-million credit from the Canadian government. He was awarded the special title of “Savior of Romania”.

He remained a close friend, and was at one time a possible lover of the Romanian Queen, British-born Marie of Edinburgh (who later became Marie of Romania). On the Queen’s behalf, Boyle organized millions of dollars of Canadian relief for Romanians, earning the title of hero. He was decorated for his exploits by the governments of Russia, France, Britain and Romania. His relationship with the queen remains something of a mystery.

Some historians speculated they were lovers and point to a mysterious woman in black who brought flowers to his grave every year on the anniversary of his death in 1923. Queen Marie died in 1938 and nobody appeared at his grave after that year, so it was always thought that she was the mystery woman.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_W._Boyle)

Much gratitude to all Canadian heroes, and the queens who can inspire such heroic deeds!

Poppy, Purple Red

 

Are you wondering why isn’t this a movie yet? Me too… 

If you’d like to know more: https://www.heritageyukon.ca/sites/default/files/Background%20-%20Who%20was%20Joe%20Boyle_.pdf

 

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