How about a bit of royal family history? Today we are talking about a very interesting royal lady, Queen Mary.
The future Queen Mary was born in London on 26 May 1867 in Kensington Palace.
Her parents, the Duke of Teck and and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, a grandchild of George III, gave here the name Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes. (We love the extended middle names favoured by the Royals – looking forward to seeing what names William and Kate pick when the time comes!) Her title was Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. To her family, she was known as May, after her birth month. (Click here for more Royal nicknames)
Mary had three brothers, shown below.
Before she married the future King George (her second cousin) she was engaged to his brother, Prince Albert, the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. He sadly died of influenza six weeks after their engagement was announced.
The next year, Queen Victoria supported the decision for Mary of Teck to be engaged to Albert’s younger brother George, second in line to the throne. Here is the pair below:
The wedding took place 6 July 1893 at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, in London. The dress, shown below, now belongs to the British Royal Collection and is part of a display of royal wedding dresses at Kensington Palace. The wedding day portrait of George and Mary is below.
George and Mary were known as Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of York, and lived on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk (click here for more on Sandringham). They had six children Edward, Albert, Mary, Henry, George and John. (Edward, of course, later abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.)
George V ascended the throne in 1910, and are shown below in their coronation robes.
Mary was known for her dedication to royal duties. We love her famous quote: ‘We are a member of the British royal family. We are never tired, and we all love hospitals.’
Queen Mary died at the age of 85 of lung cancer, only two and a half months before her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.