Posthumous daughter of King Alexander of Greece and his morganatic wife Aspasia Manos , Alexandra was not part of the Greek royal family until July , when at the behest of Queen Sophia , a law was passed which retroactively recognized marriages of members of the royal family, although on a non-dynastic basis; in consequence, she obtained the style and name of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark. At the same time, a serious political and military crisis , linked to the defeat of Greece by Turkey in Anatolia , led to the deposition and exile of the royal family, beginning in Being the only members of the dynasty allowed to remain in the country by the Second Hellenic Republic , the princess and her mother later found refuge in Italy , with Dowager Queen Sophia. After three years with her paternal grandmother, Alexandra left Florence to continue her studies in the United Kingdom , while her mother settled in Venice. Separated from her mother, the princess fell ill, forcing Aspasia to make her leave the boarding school where she was studying. After the restoration of her uncle, King George II , on the Hellenic throne in , Alexandra stayed in her native country several times but the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War , in , forced her and her mother to settle in Athens.
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When Princess Alexandra of Denmark arrived on English soil in to marry the Prince of Wales , the heir of Queen Victoria, she was the very picture of modesty. No jewelry was visible and she wore a handmade bonnet. Matter of fact, her family had lived on handouts to get by. She was shy, kind, and very beautiful.
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The blending of fact and fiction in Netflix's docu-drama miniseries about Russia's fallen Romanov family, The Last Czars , has captivated many viewers — but it also has them asking questions. What's the true story behind The Last Czars? Why does the Last Czars cast speak with British accents instead of Russian ones? And, of course, did Grigori Rasputin ever have an affair with Czarina Alexandra? It might be disappointing to some viewers of the Netflix series, but the answer to that last question is most likely a resounding no.
The couple married eighteen months later in , the year in which her father became king of Denmark as Christian IX and her brother was appointed king of Greece as George I. She was Princess of Wales from to , the longest anyone has ever held that title, and became generally popular; her style of dress and bearing were copied by fashion-conscious women. Largely excluded from wielding any political power, she unsuccessfully attempted to sway the opinion of British ministers and her husband's family to favour Greek and Danish interests.