26.05.

1867: Queen Mary: The British Queen from Transylvania

1867: Queen Mary: The British Queen from Transylvania
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  • Historical event:
  • 26 May 1867
  • Her grandmother was the Hungarian countess Claudine Rhédey de Kis-Rheda. The Countess originated from the rich Rhédey family, and was born in Transylvania.

The famous Queen Mary, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II (Mary was mother of Elizabeth’s father – King George VI), was born on this day in 1867.

Her grandmother was the Hungarian countess Claudine Rhédey de Kis-Rheda. The Countess originated from the rich Rhédey family, and was born in Transylvania.

26-year-old Mary married George V, who was a prince at the time (his grandmother, Queen Victoria, ruled Britain).

The mentioned queen and their cousin, Russian prince Nicholas (who became the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, and was killed by the Soviets after the October Revolution, attended their wedding.

George and Mary became became king and queen of Britain in 1910. They were crowned in Delhi during the next year, and became Emperor and Empress of India (magnificent ceremonies were organized).

The Indian imperial crown, containing 6,170 diamonds, was used for coronation. The ceremony was attended by about half a million people.

The ocean liners “RMS Queen Mary” and “RMS Queen Mary 2” (today the largest ocean liner) were named after Queen Mary.

After her husband king died, Mary (the “queen mother”) lived for many years. She was alive when her granddaughter Elizabeth II became Queen Elizabeth.

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