Romance, Marilyn Monroe and the Royal

Romantics everywhere are fortunate this year – Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday providing the opportunity for romance filled festivities all weekend.

Flowers, chocolates, dinner out, a bubble bath with champagne – all romantic gestures and no doubt appreciated by the lucky recipient but these acts of love pale in comparison to Joe DiMaggio’s tribute to Marilyn Monroe that lasted twenty years. Although the baseball star and Hollywood actress were wed less than a year, (they married Jan.14, 1954) apparently Joe never stopped loving Marilyn. In fact, Joe remained her friend and offered support as she recovered from a failed marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. Rumor had it that a reconciliation between Joe and Marilyn was in the works before her untimely death in 1962.
Joe DiMaggio was given the chore of identifying her body and in addition organized her funeral- taking care to ensure the media circus was kept away during the starlet’s service. From all accounts it seems her ex-husband Miller did not attend her funeral. Several times a week starting the day of her funeral on August 8, 1962 and continuing for the next twenty years, Di Maggio arranged to have red roses placed on her crypt at L.A.’s Westwood Memorial Cemetery – a true act of love.

At The Royal Hotel in historic downtown Chilliwack romance is royal. We offer a warm welcome and a place to relax, recharge and rekindle romance in one of our 29 guest rooms.
This year we are pleased to also offer a Valentine’s Day package that includes live entertainment in our show lounge (for two), a Royal guest room, 375 ml bottle of bubbly, hand crafted chocolates, continental breakfast and a late check-out included for $229.00 per couple (taxes included) for Saturday the 15th. This package can be booked online or by calling the hotel directly at (604) 792-1210. Use the promo code VALN to book this fantastic package.


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