Grand Duchess Of Russia
Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna of Russia (1870 –1891) was a Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark. She was born in Corfu, Greece. She was the first daughter of George I of Greece and Olga Konstantinovna of Russia. According to the old sources, Alexandra looked marvellous and tall. At age 19, Alexandra got married to Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia. The couple fell in love during Grand Duke Paul’s winter visits to Greece. During Grand Duke Paul’s family visits to Russia, they often were spending holidays with the Romanov family. Alexandra and Paul had two children: Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich. Alexandra took a walk with her friends, when she was on her 7th month of pregnancy, on the bank of the Moskva River and jumped directly into a boat that was permanently moored, but fell out from the boat. She lapsed into a fatal coma right after she gave a birth to her son, Dmitri, and she died six days later. Her grieving and devastating husband had to be restrained from throwing himself into the grave with her.
Did You Know?
Later, the "Alexandra General Hospital" in Greece was named in Aleksandra’s honor by her nephew, King Paul. The hospital was affiliated with the University of Athens for a special research and combat against the postpartum maternal mortality. In addition, Alexandra’s Avenue was also named after her in Athens.
Other interesting facts:
Upon Greek government’s request in 1939 the remains of Aleksandra Georgievna were moved to Greece. Even though she died too young, she was a part of the history and the part of the royal family.