Rose Queen Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez, 17, lives in Pasadena and attends Mayfield Senior School, where she is on the Diversity Committee and Advising Council. She also participates in the Dance Conservatory and is involved with the National Charity League, the Pasadena Humane Society and Villa Esperanza. Vanessa is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. Since the age of four, Vanessa has participated in traditional Basque dancing and she is currently very involved with the Basque community in Chino, Calif., where she is part of the Gauden Bat dance group. When in college, she hopes to study business and science – stem cell research and genetics are among her specific interests. Her hobbies include traveling and volunteering. Vanessa’s parents are Maria Sarry and Armando Manjarrez.
2014 Woodbury County Fair Queen Natalie Fylstra, left, smiles Wednesday as she is crowned by 2013 Queen Natalie Lord during the coronation ceremony at the Woodbury County Fair in Moville, Iowa. The fair continues through Sunday.
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Queen Natalie spent the remaining years of her life in exile in France. She died in 1941 in , , other sources indicate Paris. Her unpublished memoirs were kept in the , but were published in Belgrade in 1999.
King Alexander and his wife Draga were killed in 1903 during a . This left Natalie the sole member of the Obrenović dynasty. She donated the inheritance to the and various churches and monasteries around . The same year, Queen Natalie became a member of the and a nun.