Marie of Romania

Marie of Romania

Queen of Romania
Born Oct 29, 1875

Marie of Romania was Queen consort of Romania from 1914 to 1927, as the wife of Ferdinand of Romania.

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Marie's christening took place in the private chapel of Windsor Castle on 15 December 1875 and was officiated by Arthur Stanley and Gerald Wellesley, Dean of Windsor. … Read More
1886 10 Years Old In 1886, when Marie was eleven years old, the Duke of Edinburgh was named commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean Fleet and the family took up residence at San Antonio Palace in Malta. … Read More


1892 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Marie grew into a "lovely young woman" with "sparkling blue eyes and silky fair hair"; she was courted by several royal bachelors, including Prince George of Wales, who in 1892 became second in line to inherit the throne. … Read More
1893 17 Years Old 1 More Event
On 10 January 1893, Marie and Ferdinand were married at Sigmaringen Castle in three ceremonies: one civil, one Catholic (Ferdinand's religion) and one Anglican. … Read More
1894 18 Years Old Similarly, although Marie was constantly reminded by Carol's wife Elisabeth that childbirth is "the most glorious moment in Marie's life", she could only feel a longing for her mother at the birth of her second child, Princess Elisabeth, in 1894. … Read More


1896 20 Years Old In 1896, Ferdinand and Marie moved to Cotroceni Palace, which had been extended by the Romanian architect Grigore Cerchez, and to which Marie added her own designs. … Read More
1897 21 Years Old 1 More Event
The winter of 1897/1898 was spent with the Russian Imperial family on the French Riviera, where Marie often rode horses, in spite of the low temperatures. … Read More
1903 27 Years Old In 1903, Ferdinand and Marie inaugurated Pelișor, an Art Nouveau castle in Sinaia that King Carol commissioned for the royal couple.


1907 31 Years Old Marie only learned of the extent of repression used to quell the 1907 Romanian Peasants' Revolt once it was too late to intercede. … Read More
1914 38 Years Old 1 More Event
On 28 June 1914, at Sarajevo, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was assassinated. … Read More


…  Ferdinand gave in to Marie's pleas, and he signed a treaty with the Entente on 17 August 1916. … Read More
1918 - 1920 3 More Events
1922 46 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1922, she and Ferdinand were crowned in a specially-built cathedral in the ancient city of Alba Iulia, in an elaborate ceremony which mirrored their status as queen and king of a united state. … Read More
1924 48 Years Old In 1924, Ferdinand and Marie undertook a diplomatic tour of France, Switzerland, Belgium and the United Kingdom. … Read More


…  Marie would be received into the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1926, mentioning a desire to be closer to her people. … Read More
1927 51 Years Old …  Morris accompanied the queen throughout her journey and offered a very detailed account of Marie's time in America in her book, published in 1927. … Read More
1929 53 Years Old Marie's popularity was severely affected during Michael's reign and, after refusing to be part of the regency council in 1929, she was accused by the press, and even by Princess Helen, of plotting a coup. … Read More
1930 54 Years Old After talk of Ileana marrying the Tsar of Bulgaria or the Prince of Asturias, she was eventually betrothed to Alexander, Count of Hochberg, a minor German prince, in early 1930.
1931 55 Years Old 1 More Event
This betrothal was, however, short-lived and Marie never managed to conclude a political marriage for her youngest daughter, instead marrying her to the Italian-born Archduke Anton of Austria–Tuscany in 1931. … Read More
1933 57 Years Old After Carol turned to Ion Duca for help, the Iron Guard assassinated Duca in December 1933. … Read More
1934 58 Years Old In 1934, Marie visited England once again, meeting the Duchess of York, later Queen Elizabeth, by whom she was enchanted.


1937 61 Years Old During the summer of 1937, Marie fell ill. … Read More
1938 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1938, she was sent to a sanatorium in Italy, in hopes that she might recover. … Read More
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