Sunday, April 1, 2012

A New Bust of the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia

Our friend and reader, Larry Russell, reported to us this morning that Queen Margrethe II has unveiled a new bust of the late Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia.

Marie, born Princess Dagmar in 1847, was once engaged to Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Russia (1843-1865) and later married his next brother, Emperor Alexander III (1845-1894). Among her six children were Russia's two last tsars, Nicholas II and Grand Duke Michael.

Marie Feodorovna managed to get herself to the Crimea from where in 1919 she left Russia forever. Marie found refuge in Denmark, where she lived between the royal palace in Copenhagen (much to her nephew Christian X's displeasure, and her seaside villa at Hvidøre, which she had purchased jointly with her sister Queen Alexandra.

Marie Feodorovna died in 1928. She was buried at Roskilde and in 2006 her remains were transferred to St Petersburg, where they lay next to her husband's inside the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral.

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