November 20, 1925 – Death of Alexandra of Denmark, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.
Alexandra was the daughter of Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. At the age of sixteen, she was chosen as the future wife of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent of Queen Victoria. They married eighteen months later in 1863, was Princess of Wales from 1863 to 1901, the longest anyone has ever held that title, and became generally popular; her style of dress and bearing were copied by fashion-conscious women. Largely excluded from wielding any political power, she unsuccessfully attempted to sway the opinion of British ministers and her husband's family to favour Greek and Danish interests. Her public duties were restricted to uncontroversial involvement in charitable work.
On the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, Albert Edward became king-emperor as Edward VII, with Alexandra as queen-empress. She held the status until Edward's death in 1910. She greatly distrusted her nephew, German Emperor Wilhelm II, and supported her son during the First World War, in which Britain and its allies fought Germany.
Alexandra retained a youthful appearance into her senior years, but during the war her age caught up with her. She took to wearing elaborate veils and heavy makeup, which was described by gossips as having her face "enamelled". She made no more trips abroad, and suffered increasing ill health. In 1920, a blood vessel in her eye burst, leaving her with temporary partial blindness. Towards the end of her life, her memory and speech became impaired. 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. Her great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (Elizabeth II), who born five month after her death, was named after her. #britishroyalty #britishroyals #alexandraofdenmark #christianix #edwardvii #royals #royalty #europeanroyals #europeanroyalty #saxecoburggotha #louiseofhessekassel #alexandraprincessofwales