Queen Marie of Romania

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Today I’d like to share with you one of the most fascinating royal figures of the last century: Queen Marie of Romania (1875-1938), one of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters who became a royal consort. Half-Russian, half-English, Queen Marie was born Princess Marie of Edinburgh in Kent, the daughter of Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, and his wife, the Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia. Princess Marie married in 1893, Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania. The couple became the parents of six children, with one son becoming a king and two daughters becoming queens: King Carol II of Romania, Queen Elisabeth of Greece, and Queen Marie of Yugoslavia.

Celebrated for her beauty, dedication to duty, and expansive personality, Queen Marie of Romania is one royal figure worth reading about.

Marie and Ferdinand ascended the Romanian throne in 1914 as World War I engulfed Europe. King Ferdinand died in 1927 and was succeeded by his five-year-old grandson, King Michael I. Queen Marie died in 1938 in Romania.

What makes Queen Marie a fascinating royal? Here’s a short list:

  1. Queen Marie was dedicated to her adopted country, Romania, and did much to help her husband in his task as king and to do what she could to help Romanians through difficult times, such as the challenging years of World War I.
  2. Queen Marie was a talented writer who wrote a highly readable and insightful memoir, The Story of My Life, published in the 1930s, along with over thirty books.
  3. Queen Marie was a vivacious personality who promoted the cause of Romania abroad. Thanks to her, Greater Romania emerged after World War I, which saw the country doubling in size.
  4. Queen Marie endured a difficult relationship with her eldest son who became King Carol I of Romania. But throughout their fractious relationship and the dynastic crisis that ensued, Queen Marie did her best to do what was right and good as mother, grandmother, and queen.
  5. In one of those “What Could Have Been” moments, Queen Marie could easily have become the consort of Britain’s King George V, as he had cherished a desire to marry her when they were younger. But the opposition of both their mothers put a stop to this. So instead, Queen Mary (née Princess Mary of Teck) became King George V’s wife. It would have been interesting to have seen how Marie might have been as Queen of England instead of Queen of Romania. But England’s loss, was Romania’s gain.

Read more about Queen Marie of Romania in my book, Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria (2005).

 

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