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Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Queen consort of King Christian X of Denmark.
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About
Date of birth Cannes, arrondissement of Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Date of death Dec 28, 1952 Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark, Kingdom of Denmark
Family
Mother: Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia
Father: Frederick Francis III Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Spouse: Christian X of Denmark
Children: Frederick IX of Denmark Knud Hereditary Prince of Denmark
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
Authority Library of congress id VIAF id
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Biography

Alexandrine Auguste of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (24 December 1879 – 28 December 1952) was Queen of Denmark as the spouse of King Christian X. She was also Queen of Iceland from 1 December 1918 to 17 June 1944.

Family

She was born a Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, in the city of Schwerin, Germany. Her father was Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; her mother was Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, a granddaughter of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia.

Marriage and issue

Queen Alexandrine on her wedding day in the Villa Weden, Cannes

Duchess Alexandrine married Prince Christian of Denmark on 26 April 1898, in Cannes, France, when she was 18 years old. They had two children:

  • Prince Frederick (1899–1972), later King Frederick IX of Denmark; married Princess Ingrid of Sweden
  • Prince Knud (1900–1976), later Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark; married Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark

She died in Copenhagen as Dowager Queen of Denmark in 1952 and is interred next to her husband in Roskilde Cathedral.

The only brother of Queen Alexandrine was Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, while her only sister was Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, wife of German Crown Prince William, eldest son of German Emperor William II.

Queenship

In 1902, the couple were given Marselisborg Palace, and the garden was to become one of her greatest interests. Alexandrine became crown princess in 1906 and queen in 1912. She is not considered to have played any political role, but is described as being a loyal support to her spouse.

She was interested in music, and acted as the protector of the musical societies Musikforeningen i København and Den danske Richard Wagnerforening. She was known for her needlework, which she sold for charitable purposes. After the death of her mother-in-law Louise of Sweden in 1926, she succeeded her as the official protector of the various charity organisations founded by Louise. She enjoyed golf and photography. During World War I, she founded Dronningens Centralkomité af 1914 ("The Queen's Central Committee of 1914") to the support of poor families.

She survived the 1918 flu pandemic.

Queen Alexandrine

The couple was given great popularity as national symbols during the World War II occupation, which was demonstrated during a tour through the country in 1946. Before the occupation, she and her daughter-in-law were engaged in mobilising the women of Denmark. Her rejection of General Kaupisch on 9 April 1940 became a symbol for her loyalty toward Denmark before her birth country Germany. When the General of the occupation forces first asked for an audience with the monarch, Christian was persuaded to receive him by his daughter-in-law as he would any other, which was supported by Alexandrine. He asked to do so alone, but Alexandrine told him she would interrupt them. When the General was about to leave, she came in; and when he greeted her, she said: "General, this is not the circumstance in which I expected to greet a countryman." It was reported, that although Alexandrine was seen as shy and disliked official ceremonies, she had a "sharp" intelligence, and she was, together with her daughter-in-law, Ingrid of Sweden, a true support of the monarch and a driving force for the resistance toward the occupation within the royal house. It was also reported, that in contrast to the monarch himself and the Crown Prince, the Queen and the Crown Princess never lost their calm when the nation was attacked. As she was not the Head of the Royal House, she could show herself in public more than her spouse, who did not wish to show support to the occupation by being seen in public, and she used this to engage in various organisations for social relief to ease the difficulties caused by the occupation. Kaj Munk is quoted to describe the public appreciation of her during World War II with his comment: "Protect our Queen, the only German we would like to keep!"

In 1947, she was widowed; she became the first queen dowager of Denmark to opt not to use that title.

Titles, styles and honours

  • 24 December 1879 – 26 April 1898: Her Highness Duchess Alexandrine Auguste of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • 26 April 189829 January 1906: Her Royal Highness Princess Christian of Denmark
  • 29 January 1906 – 14 May 1912: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark
  • 14 May 19121 December 1918: Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark
  • 1 December 191817 June 1944: Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark and Iceland
  • 17 June 194420 April 1947: Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark
  • 20 April 1947 – 28 December 1952: Her Majesty The Queen Dowager of Denmark

Honours

National honours

  • German Empire German Imperial and Royal Family: Dame of the Imperial and Royal Order of Louise, 1st Class
    • Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin: Knight Grand Cross of the Schwerin Royal House Order of the Wendish Crown, Special Class
  • Denmark: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Elephant
  • Denmark: Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog
  • Denmark: Dame of the Royal Family Order of King Christian IX
  • Denmark: Dame of the Royal Family Order of King Frederick VIII
  • Denmark: Dame of the Royal Family Order of King Christian X

Foreign honours

  • Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
  • Russian Empire Russian Imperial Family: Dame Grand Cordon of the Imperial Order of Saint Catherine
  • Spain Spanish Royal Family: 1,170th Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Queen Maria Luisa
  • Sweden: Member Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Seraphim
  • Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Gustaf V
  • Sweden: Recipient of the 90th Birthday Badge Medal of King Gustav V

Ancestors

Notes and references

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