Die Robe der Königin von Rumänien anlässlich ihrer Krönung 1922 in Alba Julia Transylvanien. Die Krone der Königin von Falize Paris mit Türkisen, Perlen und Edelsteinen besetzt.
Marie was forty-seven a more mature women than the grail and timid creature
who had come in 1893 as the bride of Romanias Crown Prince.
Emerged in my red-golden underdress, a cromson-velvet mantle lined
with silver-blue on my shoulders and on my head a golden veil bound round
my forehead with a golden ribbon over which the crown was to be placed
my grand caron and star. It lookd well enough, but of course plain beside
all the other princesses and queens who already had their diadems on.
The steel crown after the generals had hung our cloaks or rather our
royal mantles round our shoulders, mine all in the red-gold and Nandos
in royal purple, both of them embroidered with the different arms of united
After the ceremony we were led to our apartments and there our crowns
and mantles were removed and we were left for a rest.
Another golden dress but this time of another tint - dazzlingly yellow-gold in a wonderful tissue as soft and supple as the velvet of today, made quite plain with several rows of golden cord round my waist and hips and large broad sleeves of dark brown fur. Over this dress a superb cload of red velvet stamped with gold and a large collar of the same brown fur. on my head a kokoshnik.
This sceptre seen here was designed for the 1922 Coronation and apart
from the royal eagle which is said also to symbolise the Roman Imperial
roots of Romania the design also incorporates four Romanian maidens clad
in traditional folk dress.
Queen Marie was the granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II; her mother, the Grand Duchess Marie and only daughter of Tsar Alexander II, married Prince Alfred of England, second son of Queen Victoria. While the marriage assured that Marie and her siblings would be raised in Victorian Great Britain and that the family would be trained in the church of England, the Russian Orthodox faith was part of Marie's life from an early age. Many of her childhood holidays were spent in Imperial Russia, where her relationships with her Romanov cousins exposed her to Orthodox rituals and religious artifacts.
Once Marie married Ferdinand, the Crown Prince of Roumania, Marie was obligated to adopt the Roumanian Orthodox faith and to promise to raise her children in the State Church. Her homes in Roumania were decorated with icons and other religious artifacts. Even in death, Marie held an icon of the Virgin.
Special thanks to Laura for her generous help!
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