November 2, 1916 – Death of Elisabeth of Wied, wife King Carol I of Romania, at Bucharest, Romania.
Elisabeth was the Queen consort of Romania as the wife of King Carol I of Romania, widely known by her literary name of Carmen Sylva.She was the daughter of Hermann, Prince of Wied, and his wife Princess Marie of Nassau, daughter of William, Duke of Nassau.
Elisabeth was niece of Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Sophia of Nassau, Queen of Sweden and Norway as wife of Oscar II. Elisabeth’s cousins was Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who was Queen of the Netherlands as the wife of King William III (and mother of Queen Wilhelmina) & Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Duchess of Albany as wife of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, youngest son of Queen Victoria.
As a young girl, sixteen-year-old Elisabeth was considered as a possible bride for Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII of the United Kingdom, known as Bertie). His mother, Queen Victoria, strongly favored her as a prospective daughter-in-law. Bertie was also shown photographs of Elisabeth, but professed himself unmoved and declined to give them a second glance. In 1869, Karl, who was now Prince Carol of Romania, traveled to Germany in search of a suitable consort and chose Elisabeth, and the two were married on 15 November 1869. Their only child, a daughter, Maria, died in 1874 at age three — an event from which Elisabeth never recovered. She was crowned Queen of Romania in 1881 after Romania was proclaimed a kingdom.
As "Carmen Sylva", she wrote with facility in German, Romanian, French and English. A few of her voluminous writings, which include poems, plays, novels, short stories, essays, collections of aphorisms, etc., may be singled out for special mention.#romanianroyalty #romanianroyals #elisabethofwied #caroliofromania #royals #royalty #europeanroyalty #europeanroyals #royalty #royals #hohenzollernsigmaringen