alexandra dagmar
Alexandra of Denmark

Early life at home for Danish sisters Alix and Minnie before becoming Queen Alexandra and Empress Marie Feodorovna (Part two)

*contains affiliate links* This is a guest post by James-Charles Noonan. Read part one here. Alix and Minnie’s father was born Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg and in royal circles, he was known simply as Glucksburg. As a minor prince, he was penniless and totally without prospects, but his family had origins in the two coveted [read more]

alexandra dagmar
Alexandra of Denmark

Two Danish sisters who rose from obscurity to become Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia (Part one)

*contains affiliate links* This is a guest post by James-Charles Noonan. This is the story of Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, who was the great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, and her effervescent sister, Empress Marie of Russia, who was the mother of the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II and grandmother to the famous Grand Duchess [read more]

reburial of Empress Maria Feodorovna
Dagmar of Denmark

A Tsarina’s dying wish – Looking back at the reburial of Empress Maria Feodorovna

On 28 September 2006, Empress Maria Feodorovna, born Princess Dagmar of Denmark, was finally buried next to her beloved husband at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. While her husband, Emperor Alexander III of Russia, had died in 1894, Maria Feodorovna had lived through the Russian Revolution and had only begrudgingly fled [read more]

Book Reviews

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C. W. Gortner Book Review

While most will remember the last Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, not all will remember Nicholas’s mother who managed to escape the revolution. Maria Feodorovna was born Dagmar of Denmark on 26 November 1847 as the daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. Her sister was Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, the wife [read more]

Maria Feodorovna of Russia

Investigative Committee refutes Emperor Alexander III’s poisoning theory

The Investigative Committee, which recently confirmed that the remains found in 1991 and 2007 in Yekaterinburg belong to Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna and their five children, has also done additional research. While investigating Emperor Alexander III’s DNA to compare to the remains found in Yekaterinburg, they also ran a hair sample to refute a [read more]

Alexandra Feodorovna

Alexander III’s shrine was opened last Tuesday for DNA study in probe into death of last Russian tsar’s family

The shrine of Emperor Alexander III of Russia was opened last Tuesday to take DNA-samples. These will be sent to Moscow to be studied and are a part of the criminal probe into the death of the last Russian Imperial family. The remains of Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria were found separate from the [read more]