Facts About Queen Marie's Legendary Life
Queen Marie of Romania is a giant historical figure that was always destined for the throne. She defied the odds stacked against her and proved that she could rule. In fact, she ruled well and did so in style! As we polish off the legendary life story of this great woman, brace yourself for the drama!
MEET QUEEN "MISSY"
Her Royal Highness Princess Marie Alexandra Victoria of Edinburgh was conceived on October 29, 1875, at her folks' home in Eastwell Manor, Kent. Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, and the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia were her royal parents and indeed, they set her up for a life of nobility. She was affectionately called "Missy," how sweet?
THE FATHER SHE NEVER KNEW
However, inside the family group, she sadly didn't see a lot of her dad growing up. Prince Alfred's massive responsibilities within the Royal Navy kept him very busy. She would ultimately admit that she didn't have a clue about the shade of his dad's hair until seeing later representations of him. Quite a bit of her life was run by their governesses.
FALLING IN LOVE IN MALTA
Princess Marie's family moved to Malta in 1886 after her dad's appointment as commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean Fleet, taking up home at San Anton Palace in Attard. Malta was where she met her first true love, her Maurice Bourke, who was the chief of the Duke's boat. But the family's swift move to Coburg in Bavaria, Germany did not allow this to develop.
SHE ALMOST WED THE PRINCE OF WHALES
“A lovely young woman” with “sparkling blue eyes and silky fair hair”, she grabbed the eye of numerous single men including Prince George of Wales, at the time was second in line to the British Crown. Marie had a lovely and friendly relationship with him since she was a youngster but she needed to decline his engagement proposition.
Why? Well because of various issues. Her mother didn't affirm her tying the knot with a first cousin, a demonstration disallowed by the Russian Orthodox Church. The Princess of Wales was also not very enthused about the ruler wedding somebody whose family had German sentiments.
QUEEN MARIE'S FIRST SUITORS
Marie and her sisters soon discovered something to interest themselves in the middle of their tutor's exhausting school plan. What's more, obviously, it was young men! As young girls do, they too would invest their energy viewing their siblings traipsing with their exciting companions.
The girls would then enthusiastically talk about the best qualities and worst traits of these suitors. Much to her dismay that soon she would pass judgment on her own admirers ... As we mentioned, the Queen already attracted her first suitor – the second son of the Prince of Wales, Prince George in 1889.
HER LIMITED EDUCATION
The royal girls within her family were not allowed further schooling as they were seen as neither skilled nor savvy. Despite the fact that they were allowed to peruse books resoundingly, they were just given basic schooling in drawing and painting, fields in which the youngsters' demonstrated enormous potential as they acquired Queen Victoria's gifts in the said territories.
SHE HAD THE MOST DAZZLING CORONATION BALL
Marie consistently had an adoration for excellent beauty, theater, and of course, fashion and designs. In October 1922, she would enjoy each of the three at the gathering that put to shame all other prior gatherings. She arranged one of the most spectacular crowning ordinances that Romania had ever observed.
The royals constructed an entire cathedral for the event and they served the best steak to more than 20,000 guests. The royal was clothed in an exquisite silk and fur outfit that made heads turn. On top of this, a well known Parisian gem specialist made her dazzling golden crown. She certainly knew how to arrange a royal occasion!
SHE BELIEVED THE GLITZ AND GLAM WENT TO HER HEAD
For a royal such as herself that grew up in the lap of luxury, the following statement made by Marie carries a lot of truth. She explained that “I was enjoying myself with all my heart. In fact, the joy of it all, the glamour, the beauty, the atmosphere of constant admiration which surrounded me, had slightly gone to my head." Despite this, she remained a remarkable woman.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL PRINCESS
The future Queen certainly loved girly things like tattle and dresses, but she wasn't worried about getting her hands dirty here and there. She was an exceptionally dynamic young lady who delighted in skating and even played ice hockey. You could envision that she was a fearsome competitor, suffice to say she was no typical princess!
WHOM DID SHE MARRY?
Princess Marie finally tied the knot with Prince Ferdinand of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, nephew of King Carol I of Romania, on January 10, 1893, in an elaborate three service event at Sigmaringen Castle. The couple would then share six kids, including the future King Carol II.
MARIE WAS NOT DEEMED A MATURE MOTHER
King Carol I and Queen Elisabeth, believing the couple to be too youthful to even consider looking after their kids, would regularly take them from, particularly Marie's, care. This created a definite separation between the family and Marie felt as though she was not respected enough at times.
QUEEN MARIE'S MANY RUMORED RELATIONSHIPS
While investing energy with the Russian Imperial Family on the French Riviera, Princess Marie met and had an unsanctioned romance with Lieutenant Gheorghe Cantacuzène. The two were rumored to have parented a child during this period ... She fell pregnant in 1897 and ultimately conceived in Coburg.
The infant was either shipped off or could possibly have been stillborn. It is even said that her subsequent daughter belonged to Cantacuzène. She was associated with various partners throughout the next years, including Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia.
QUEEN MARIE, RULER OF ROMANIA
Ferdinand and Marie were announced ruler and sovereign on October 11, 1914, following the demise of King Carol I. The queen had an unstoppable impact on her better half just as she impacted the court. History specialist A.L. Easterman said, "… It was not [Ferdinand], but rather Marie who controlled in Romania."
In 1918, following the end of the Russian Revolution and the accomplishment of the Bolsheviks, Queen Marie contradicted the marking of the Treaty of Bucharest, which prompted her to be portrayed as "truly the only man in Romania". Soon after this, the war was over and the legacy of Marie lived on.
DID THE QUEEN FAVOR ONE OF HER DAUGHTERS?
There have been rumors that the Queen took a bigger liking to her daughter, Ileana whom she called her "love child." She once said, “This ... is a picture of my youngest daughter, Ileana. Is she not lovely? My other girls are blonde, like me; but she – oh she is dark and passionate.” Whether or not she favored her more remains a mystery.
A WOMAN AHEAD OF THE TIMES
Sovereign Marie made to Paris on March 6, 1919, to go to the Paris Press Conference. Here, French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau revealed, "I don't like your Prime Minister," to which she, without fluttering an eyelash, answered, “Perhaps then you'll find me more agreeable."
Her strong endeavors, such as working hands-on, prompted acknowledgment of the Greater Romania, and thus she returned home from Paris with tremendous supplies for Romania's relief. What a powerful force! She was met with hordes of spectators, prevailed upon considerable groups of higher-ups, all while looking extravagantly good.
SHE ONLY RECEIVED HER OFFICIAL TITLE IN 1922
Ferdinand and Marie were crowned as the first King and Queen of Greater Romania in an elaborate and luxurious function held in Alba Iulia in 1922. The Coronation Cathedral was designed and established with this notable event in mind and stands tall to this very day.
HER HUSBAND'S PASSING AND SON'S HOMECOMING
Sovereign Marie was bereaved after the demise of King Ferdinand on July 20, 1927. His passing caused a significant emergency after Prince Carol gave away his privileges to the Crown. The court was forced to have the five-year-old grandson, succeed Ferdinand. This led to the Regency Council however eventually, Prince Carol came back home for the Throne.
SHE WAS LAID TO REST WITHOUT HER HEART
Subsequent to becoming sick with cirrhosis of the liver in the late spring of 1937, Queen Marie passed on July 18, 1938. She was laid to rest at the Curtea de Argeş Cathedral in Romania but her heart was left at the Balchik Palace as she had made this special request upon her final wishes.
This changed recently when, in 2015, after 70 years, Queen Marie's heart was brought to The Pelisor Castle. It remains in the room where she breathed her final breath. What a special token of remembrance for such a phenomenal female leader.
Queen Marie laid the foundations for strong women long before it became popular to do so and she certainly lived a legendary life. What do you think about her story? Leave us a comment!