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Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Queen consort of Denmark
Tenure 14 May 1912 – 20 April 1947
Queen consort of Iceland
Tenure 1 December 1918 – 17 June 1944
Born (1879-12-24)24 December 1879
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Died 28 December 1952(1952-12-28) (aged 73)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Burial Roskilde Cathedral
Spouse Christian X of Denmark
Issue Frederick IX of Denmark
Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark
Full name
Alexandrine Auguste
House House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Father Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Mother Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia
Religion Lutheranism

Alexandrine Auguste of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (24 December 1879 – 28 December 1952) was Queen of Denmark as the wife of King Christian X. She was also Queen of Iceland from 1 December 1918 to 17 June 1944.

Contents

  • Family 1
  • Marriage and issue 2
  • Queenship 3
  • Ancestors 4
  • Notes and references 5
  • External links 6

Family

She was born a Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, in the city of Schwerin, Germany. Her father was Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; her mother was Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, a granddaughter of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia.

Marriage and issue

Queen Alexandrine on her wedding day in the Villa Weden, Cannes

Princess Alexandrine married Prince Christian of Denmark on 26 April 1898, in Cannes, France, when she was 18 years old. They had two children:

She died in Copenhagen as Dowager Queen of Denmark in 1952 and is interred next to her husband in Roskilde Cathedral.

The only brother of Queen Alexandrine was Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, while her only sister was Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, wife of German Crown Prince William, eldest son of German Emperor William II.

Queenship

In 1902, the couple were given Marselisborg Palace, and the garden was to become one of her greatest interests. Alexandrine became crown princess in 1906 and queen in 1912. She is not considered to have played any political role, but is described as being a loyal support to her spouse.

She was interested in music, and acted as the protector of the musical societies golf and photography. During World War I, she founded Dronningens Centralkomité af 1914 ("The Queen's Central Committee of 1914") to the support of poor families.

She survived the 1918 flu pandemic.[1]

Queen Alexandrine

The couple were given great popularity as national symbols during the

Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Cadet branch of the House of Mecklenburg
Born: 24 December 1879 Died: 28 December 1952
Danish royalty
Preceded by
Louise of Sweden
Queen consort of Denmark
1912–1947
Succeeded by
Ingrid of Sweden
  • Queen Alexandrine at the website of the Amalienborg Palace

External links

  • http://www.kvinfo.dk/side/597/bio/283/origin/170/
  1. ^ Collier 1974.
  2. ^ a b c Börge Outze & Aage Svendstorp (in Swedish): 5 år i bojor. Danmark under ockupationen 1940–1945 (5 years in chains. Denmark during the occupation) Aktiebolaget boktryck (1945) Hälsingborg.
  3. ^ a b c d http://bjoerna.dk/Besaettelsen/Oberst%20Mygind/3.htm

Notes and references

Ancestors

Queen Alexandrine became the 1,170th Dame of the Royal Order of Queen Maria Luisa on 3 February 1929.

In 1947, she was widowed; she became the first queen dowager of Denmark to opt not to use that title.

[2] is quoted to describe the public appreciation of her during WWII with his comment: "Protect our Queen, the only German we would like to keep!"Kaj Munk [2]

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