Thursday, 5 March 2009on
Born the daughter Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh - the second son of Queen Victoria and to Maria Romanovna, daughter of Tzar Alexander II of Russia, Marie was styled a Princess of Great Britain and Ireland and before her marriage she was addressed as HRH Princess Marie of Edinburgh. In 1893, aged 18, she married Ferdinand of Hohenzollern, Crown Prince of Romania. In 1914, she became "Her Majesty Queen Marie of Romania".
Her marriage to Ferdinand was dictated by political considerations and she grew to love her husband who was a shy and retiring man, keener on Botany than on affairs of State. This union was encapsulated by the classic verse by Dorothy Parker:
"Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong,
And I am Marie of Roumania."
Ferdinand died in 1927 and Marie survived him by 11 years. They are both burried in the royal crypt in the Monastery church of Curtea de Arges, in the Carpathians.
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