Alexandra of Denmark

Alexandra of Denmark

Consort of King Edward Vii

Alexandra of Denmark was the wife and queen-empress consort of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, Emperor of India. Her family had been relatively obscure until, when she was a child, her father, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, was chosen with the consent of the great powers to succeed his distant cousin, Frederick VII, to the Danish throne.… Read More

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1844 Birth Born on December 1, 1844.
1852 7 Years Old Her family had been relatively obscure until 1852, when her father, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, was chosen with the consent of the great powers to succeed his distant cousin, Frederick VII, to the Danish throne. … Read More


1861 16 Years Old On 24 September 1861, Crown Princess Victoria introduced her brother Albert Edward to Alexandra at Speyer.
1862 17 Years Old Almost a year later on 9 September 1862 (after his affair with Nellie Clifden and the death of his father) Albert Edward proposed to Alexandra at the Royal Palace of Laeken, the home of his great-uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium.
They married eighteen months later in 1863, the same year her father became king of Denmark as Christian IX and her brother was appointed to the vacant Greek throne as George I. … Read More
1864 19 Years Old Alexandra's first child, Albert Victor, was born two months premature in early 1864. … Read More


1867 22 Years Old During the birth of her third child in 1867, the added complication of a bout of rheumatic fever threatened Alexandra's life, and left her with a permanent limp. … Read More
1868 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Albert Edward and Alexandra visited Ireland in April 1868. … Read More


1875 30 Years Old For eight months over 1875–76, the Prince of Wales was absent from Britain on a tour of India, but to her dismay Alexandra was left behind. … Read More
1877 32 Years Old Alexandra spent the spring of 1877 in Greece recuperating from a period of ill health and visiting her brother King George of the Hellenes. … Read More
1881 36 Years Old In 1881, Alexandra and Albert Edward travelled to Saint Petersburg after the assassination of Alexander II of Russia, both to represent Britain and so that Alexandra could provide comfort to her sister, who was now the Tsarina. … Read More


1885 40 Years Old Crowds usually cheered Alexandra rapturously, but during a visit to Ireland in 1885, she suffered a rare moment of public hostility when visiting the City of Cork, a hotbed of Irish nationalism. … Read More
1892 47 Years Old The death of her eldest son, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, in 1892 was a serious blow to Alexandra. … Read More


1901 56 Years Old With the death of her mother-in-law, Queen Victoria, in 1901, Alexandra became queen-empress consort to the new king. … Read More
1902 57 Years Old On George's return, preparations for Edward and Alexandra's coronation were well in hand but just a few days before the scheduled coronation in June 1902 the king became seriously ill with appendicitis. … Read More
1903 58 Years Old On 10 December 1903, Knollys woke to find her bedroom full of smoke. … Read More


1905 - 1907 2 More Events
1910 65 Years Old In 1910, Alexandra became the first queen consort to visit the British House of Commons during a debate. … Read More
1911 66 Years Old From Edward's death, Alexandra was queen mother, being a dowager queen and the mother of the reigning monarch. She was styled "Her Majesty Queen Alexandra". She did not attend her son's coronation in 1911 since it was not customary for a crowned queen to attend the coronation of another king or queen, but otherwise continued the public side of her life, devoting time to her charitable causes. … Read More
1916 71 Years Old On 17 September 1916, she was at Sandringham during a Zeppelin air raid, but far worse was to befall other members of her family. … Read More
1919 74 Years Old Her sister the Dowager Empress was rescued from Russia in 1919 by and brought to England, where she lived for some time with Alexandra. … Read More
1920 75 Years Old In 1920, a blood vessel in her eye burst, leaving her with temporary partial blindness. … Read More
1925 81 Years Old She died on 20 November 1925 at Sandringham after suffering a heart attack, and was buried in an elaborate tomb next to her husband in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. … Read More
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