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Queen Marie’s Palace in Balchik

Missy, Marie or Maria – these are the names by which was known Marie Alexandra Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Princess of Edinburgh and granddaughter of Great Britain’s Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Born exactly 138 years ago, on October 29th 1875, at Eastwell Park in Kent, Marie also became a queen by marrying the future King Ferdinand I of Romania in 1893.┬áMarie soon got to the hearts of the Romanians by openly embracing her new country and being its de facto ruler, by volunteering as a Red Cross nurse during World War I and changing the course of war by her involvement in politics. Her memoirs and books brought her even greater sympathy from the people. During her lifetime, Marie of Romania had Bran Castle (now known as Dracula’s Castle) as her main home, but was very connected to her residence in Balchik (today in Bulgaria), where she had built a small and intimate castle, called the Quiet Nest. Upon her death, according to her will, the Queen’s heart was kept in a cloister at the Balchik Palace, but after the region entered Bulgarian possession, it was moved at Bran; now is held at the National Museum of Romanian History in Bucharest. Continue reading

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