Marie – Queen of Romania
Marie Alexandra Victoria also known as Marie of Romania (previously Princess Marie of Edinburgh) was the wife of Ferdinand I of Romania and Queen from 1914 to 1927.
Born on 29th of October 1875, she was the eldest daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. Married to Prince Ferdinand of Romania in 1893, her marriage was not blessed with love, but gave birth to 6 children.
After some tumultuous events in her personal life, Marie made some changes and became a Romanian patriot due to First World War. In fact, she was one of the most popular and influential personalities of Romania.
The brave attitude during war brought her 2 appellations: the Mother of the Wounded and the Soldier Queen. She worked in hospitals, coordinated charities, wrote a book titled “My Country” to raise funds for Red Cross, devised a plan with a group of military advisers that Romania should stand and fight and managed to bring an American loan to her beloved country. Commander of the 4th Roșiori Cavalry Regiment, Queen Marie was also an artistic soul: she wrote poems and stories for children, painted and helped many personalities of literary or other artistic domains.
After her husband’s death, the Romanian Army idol spent her time mostly at Bran Castle, writing books and memoirs (The Story of My Life). She died on 18th of July 1938 at Peleș Castle and, as she wished, her heartswas kept at the Balchik Palace. In 1940, it was brought to Bran Castle (“Inima Reginei Maria” – Queen Marie’s Heart Chapel). The silver coffer containing Marie’s heart, one of the most beautiful, brave and intelligent women from Europe, was transferred to Bucharest in 1968 by communist partisans. Nowadays, the precious coffer may be seen at the National Museum of Romanian History, located on 12 Calea Victoriei, Bucharest.
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