Queen Alexandrine of Denmark Signed Letter 1901 - Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Fine signed letter from Alexandrine Auguste of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1879-1952) was Queen of Denmark as the spouse of King Christian X. It is addressed to Mrs Richard Winslow, a noted English Society hostesss in Cannes. Written on her personal blue embossed stationery with A surmounted by a royal crown, dated 19th September 1901.
"Dear Mrs Winslow
It was so kind of you to telegraph to me after your arrival and I would have answered before, but not knowing your address I had to ask Mama and only received it now. I was delighted to see you, so nice to have you see my own home, & I hope this will not be the last time. I hope you were not too fatigued after your journey. I am afraid your stay here was rather tiring as you were on the go all the time.
I discovered after you had left, that I quite forgot to order the xxx head I promised you. I was awfully sorry & hope you will pardon me.
After you had left we stayed at Friedensxxx a few days. It was great fun,as we were so many young people. The Emperor & Empress have left. The King of England was very astonished when I told him you had been here.
Christian [her husband] asked me to remember him to you.
Hoping we shall meet at Cannes, this winter.
I remain, dear Mrs Winslow,
Size: 18 x 11.5 cm approx
She was born a Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, in the city of Schwerin, Germany. Her father was Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; her mother was Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, a granddaughter of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia.
Duchess Alexandrine married Prince Christian of Denmark on 26 April 1898, in Cannes, France, when she was 18 years old. They had two children.
In 1902, the couple were given Marselisborg Palace, and the garden was to become one of her greatest interests. Alexandrine became crown princess in 1906 and queen in 1912. She is not considered to have played any political role, but is described as being a loyal support to her spouse.
She was interested in music, and was known for her needlework, which she sold for charitable purposes. After the death of her mother-in-law Queen Louise of Sweden in 1926, she succeeded her as the official protector of the various charity organisations founded by Louise. She enjoyed golf and photography.
The couple was given great popularity as national symbols during the World War II occupation, which was demonstrated during a tour through the country in 1946. Before the occupation, she and her daughter-in-law were engaged in mobilising the women of Denmark. Her rejection of General Kaupisch on 9 April 1940 became a symbol for her loyalty toward Denmark before her birth country Germany. When the General of the occupation forces first asked for an audience with the monarch, Christian was persuaded to receive him by his daughter-in-law as he would any other, which was supported by Alexandrine. He asked to do so alone, but Alexandrine told him she would interrupt them. When the General was about to leave, she came in; and when he greeted her, she said: "General, this is not the circumstance in which I expected to greet a countryman." It was reported, that although Alexandrine was seen as shy and disliked official ceremonies, she had a "sharp" intelligence, and she was, together with her daughter-in-law, Ingrid of Sweden, a true support of the monarch and a driving force for the resistance toward the occupation within the royal house. It was also reported, that in contrast to the monarch himself and the Crown Prince, the Queen and the Crown Princess never lost their calm when the nation was attacked. As she was not the Head of the Royal House, she could show herself in public more than her spouse, who did not wish to show support to the occupation by being seen in public, and she used this to engage in various organisations for social relief to ease the difficulties caused by the occupation. Kaj Munk is quoted to describe the public appreciation of her during World War II with his comment: "Protect our Queen, the only German we would like to keep!"
In 1947, she was widowed; she became the first queen dowager of Denmark to opt not to use that title.