Queen Alexandra – Life in photos

1 Dec

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.

1860. Queen Alexandra in her youth years

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

1862. Princess Alexandra of Denmark

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. Alix and Minnie with their mother Queen Louise of Denmark

1862. Engagement of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark

1862. Engagement of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark

1863. Alexandra, Princess of Wales

1863. Princess Alexandra of Wales

1863. Princess Alexandra of Denmark and the Prince 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

1863. Princess-Grand Duchess Alice with Princess Alexandra of Wales and Grand Duke Ludwig with Prince of Wales

1865. Queen Alexandra of England, Princess of Denmark

1865. Princess Alexandra of Wales.

1865. queen victoria, alexandra and edward

1865. Princess Alexandra, Queen Victoria and Edward

1866. charming piece of a session about the Princess Alexandra of Wales taken in December, by André A.E. Disdéri

1867. Princess Alexandra of Wales.

1868. Queen Alexandra

c. 1871. Princess Alexandra of Wales.

1871. Alix and Minnie with their sister Thyra

1871. Alix and Minnie with their sister Thyra

1873. Piccadilly, London, of Queen Alexandra with her sister the Tsarina Marie Feodorovna

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

1880s Sisters Princess Alexandra, the future Queen of the United Kingdom and Princess Dagmar of Denmark

1883. Queen Alexandra of England

1883. Princess Alexandra of Wales.

1884. Queen Alexandra in a seaside dress

1884. Princess Alexandra in a seaside dress

1889. Alexandra of Denmark

1889. Princess Alexandra of Wales

1890s Queen Alexandra with Princess Maud

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

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, Queen Alexandra and her daughter Princes

1894. Maria Feodorovna her two daughters Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna and Queen Alexandra with her daughter Princess Maud.

1900s Alexandra of Denmark

1900s Queen Alexandra.

1900s Queen Alexandra with Princess Louise and Princess Victoria

1900s Queen Alexandra with Princess Louise and Princess Victoria

1905. Queen Alexandra

1901. Queen Alexandra.

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4 Responses to “Queen Alexandra – Life in photos”

  1. George 11th February 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    What a wanderful page! Thank you so much! I was reading today in a Swedish language history magazine (Vaerldens Historia no. 4, 2015 pp. 26-27) about Queen Alexandra. The article has also a beautiful photo of her from Getty Images collection. I was looking to find the photo on the Internet but I cannot find it. This photo would complete very well your page. I could send you a scanned copy, but it has some text inserted, so it is not good for publication. Thank you again for writing, makes life so much reacher!

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  2. George 12th February 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Me again. I found now the photo from the Getty collection:

    http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/alexandra-princess-of-wales-consort-of-prince-edward-later-news-photo/3070144

    The Swedish history paper writes that Princess Alexandra of Denmark was much loved in UK. She had a limped walk (shown in the photo), which was imitated by many and was fashionable at the time. But what is so lovely in this photo is the expression of her face. I would love to read Alexandra’s diary and understand what was she thinking about when the photo was taken. Thank you again for your page!

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  3. Emili Jayne 2nd May 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Beautiful

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