Today’s Date: Birth of an empress

Joe Morel
November 26th, 2015

This article is more than 8 years old.

Calls for a trip to the cinema!

Photo by Jens Petersen

On this day in 1847, a Danish princess was born who would go on to become a Russian empress and give her name to a city centre cinema.

Her father was Christian IX, the ‘father-in-law’ of Europe because his children married into so many royal houses.

Dagmar’s sister, for example, was Queen Alexandra, the wife of British king Edward VII.

Read more: Consorting with the kings and tsars for nearly a millennium

Dagmar married Tsar Alexander III in 1866 and became empress in 1881. Her eldest son, Nicholas, was Russia’s last tsar.


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