Fabergé gold and jeweled frame by the workmaster Johan Victor Aarne (1899-1904), detail of a pendant Fabergé Egg and portrait of the Princess Dagmar of Denmark and her sister Princess Alexandra of Denmark painted in 1868 by the painter Franz Winterhalter.
Tsarina Maria Feodorovna was born in 1847 in Copenhagen as Princess Maria, Sophia, Frederikke, Dagmar of Danemark.
She is the daughter of the King Christian IX of Denmark and the Queen Louise (born Princess Hesse-Kassel).
Her sister was Princess Alexandra of Denmark, later Queen Alexandra of Great Britain and Empress of India when she married the Queen Victoria’s eldest son Prince Albert Edward (future Edward VII) in 1863.
Their father, King Christian IX of Denmark was considered as the “Stepfather of Europe” : his daughter Princess Dagmar became Empress of Russia and his other daughter Princess Alexandra of Denmark became Queen of England thanks to theirs weddings.
In 1966, Dagmar of Denmark became Maria Feodorovna when she married the Tsar Alexander III (1845-1894). The Tsar Alexander III was crowned in 1881 after the murder of his father Tsar Alexander II and reigned until his death in 1894.
The couple had six children : Nicholas (Future Tsar Nicholas II), Alexander, Georges, Xenia, Michel and Olga.
The Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928) was known as Minnie. She was involved in charity and cultural activities. and was very popular. She lived through three Romanov reigns : Alexander II (stepfather), Alexander III (husband) and Nicholas II (son). During the Russian revolution of 1917, she worked at the “Red Cross” in Kiev (Ukraine). Then, she went to Crimée with several members of the Imperial family. After the death of her son, Tsar Nicholas II in 1918, she returned to her native country, the Denmark.