July 18, 1938 – Death of Marie of Edinburgh, wife of King Ferdinand I of Romania, granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Marie was the last Queen consort of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I. A granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she was the daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburghand Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. Marie's early years were spent in Kent, Malta and Coburg. After refusing a proposal from her cousin, the future King George V, she was chosen as the future wife of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania, the heir apparent of King Carol I, in 1892. Marie was Crown Princess between 1893 and 1914, and became immediately popular with the Romanian people.
As queen, she was very popular, both in Romania and abroad.
As queen, she was very popular, both in Romania and abroad. After the death of Ferdinand, Marie, now queen dowager, m refused to be part of the regency council which reigned over the country under the minority of her grandson, King Michael. Her eldest son, Carol, had in 1930, had waived his rights to succession, deposed his son and usurped the throne, becoming King Carol II. He removed Marie from the political scene and strived to crush her popularity. As a result, Marie moved away from Bucharest and spent the rest of her life either in the countryside.
During the summer of 1937, Marie fell ill. Her personal physician determined she had pancreatic cancer, although her official diagnosis was cirrhosis of the liver. Marie died on 18 July 1938, eight minutes after lapsing into a coma. Her two eldest children, Carol and Elisabeth, accompanied by Prince Michael, were at her deathbed.
Marie was the last Queen consort of Romania, as Princess Helen was only ever awarded the title of Queen Mother between 1940 and 1947. She was one of Queen Victoria's five crowned granddaughters and one of three to retain their position as consort after the conclusion of World War I, alongside the Queens of Norway and of Spain. #romanianroyalty #romanianroyals #romanianmonarchy #hohenzollern #marieofedinburgh #carolii #ferdinandiofromania #mariaalexandrovna #alfreddukeofsaxecoburgandgotha #queenvictoria #royals #romanov #royaleurope #royalconsort