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Alexandra of Denmark in coronation robes

Alexandra of Denmark (1844–1925) was Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Empress of India from 1901 to 1910 as the wife of Edward VII. Her family had been relatively obscure until her father, the eventual Christian IX of Denmark, was chosen to succeed Frederick VII to the Danish throne. At the age of sixteen she was chosen as the future wife of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the heir of Queen Victoria. They married eighteen months later. As Princess of Wales from 1863 to 1901, she won the hearts of the British people and became immensely popular. Although she was largely excluded from wielding any political power, she unsuccessfully attempted to sway the opinion of ministers and her family to favour her relations in Greece and Denmark. 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 consort. From Edward's death in 1910 until her own death, she was the Queen Mother, being a queen and the mother of the reigning monarch, George V. She greatly distrusted her nephew, German Emperor Wilhelm II and supported her son during World War I. (more...)

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