Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Mass for empress Maria Feodorovna

23 September 2006

The day after her visit to Prague crown princess Mary joined the other Danish royals for a remembrance service for empress Maria Feodorvna at Roskilde cathedral - the burial church of the Danish Royal House since the 14th century.

Mary's lady-in-waiting, Caroline Heering was also present (see video).


Mary wore a new hat by Susanne Juul.

Danish princess Dagmar married Russian tzar Alexander III. She took on the new Russian name of "Maria Feodorvna". The empress was buried in Denmark when she died in 1928. Because of the Revolution she had fled Russia years earlier. In 2006 her corpse was finally transferred to Russia to be buried with her husband and children - as she had wished for.

The service and departure of the coffin was broadcast live on Danish TV.

The remains were accompanied by the horse guards and driven to Langelinie. The Danish royals watched the procession from the balcony of Amalienborg.

The royals the watched and waved as the coffin and the Romanov family members who accompanied it took off on board the Danish vessel Esbern Snare.

Frederik and Mary would also be present in Russia a few days later, for the actual reburial.

Mary was in the first stage of her pregnancy with Isabella. The news hadn't been made public yet.

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