Queen Alexandra was born on 1. December 1844. – one hundred and seventy two years ago. Her full name was Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia and she was a daughter of Christian IX. of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel.
Her close family knew her as ‘Alix’ and although she was of royal blood, she lived pretty modestly and shared her attic room with her sister Dagmar (later Maria Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia.) As a child she was taught swimming and English, and she remain a devoted christian her entire life.
She married Edward VII. on 10. March 1863. They eventually had six children, but their youngest son died a day after he was born. Alexandra was a devoted mother who loved her children very much. Their children were:
– Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale
– Prince George, Duke of York
– Princess Louise, Princess Royal
– Princess Victoria
– Princess Maud
I’ve chosen a title ‘Queen Alexandra – Life in photos’ because she was an amateur photographer herself and she took a lot of photos of her children and family. She was also interested in hunting (much to Queen’s disapproval) and dancing, ice-skating and horseback riding. Alexandra was extremely socially active and she attended balls, dances, dinners, meetings, visited hospitals and orphanages.
But the thing that I love the most about Queen Alexandra is her fashion style. She was a fashion icon of her time and photos of her are surely a proof. Enjoy!
1862. Alix and Minnie with their mother Queen Louise of Denmark
1862. Engagement of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark
1863. Princess Alexandra of Wales
1863. Princess Alexandra of Denmark and the Prince of Wales
1863. Princess-Grand Duchess Alice with Princess Alexandra of Wales and Grand Duke Ludwig with Prince of Wales
1865. Princess Alexandra of Wales.
1865. Princess Alexandra, Queen Victoria and Edward
1867. Princess Alexandra of Wales.
c. 1871. Princess Alexandra of Wales.
1871. Alix and Minnie with their sister Thyra
1873. Queen Alexandra with her sister the Tsarina Marie Feodorovna, Piccadilly, London
1880s Sisters Princess Alexandra, the future Queen of the United Kingdom and Princess Dagmar of Denmark
1883. Princess Alexandra of Wales.
1884. Princess Alexandra in a seaside dress
1889. Princess Alexandra of Wales
Queen Alexandra with her daughter Princess Maud
1893. Alexandra of Wales with daughters Maud, Victoria and Louise, duchess of Fife at Prince George’s wedding
1894. Maria Feodorovna her two daughters Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna and Queen Alexandra with her daughter Princess Maud.
1900s Queen Alexandra.
1900s Queen Alexandra with Princess Louise and Princess Victoria
1901. Queen Alexandra.