January 10, 1893 – Wedding of Princess Marie of Edinburgh and Ferdinand Crown Prince of Romania
The wedding, on 10 January 1893, was held at Sigmaringen Castle, a fairytale edifice perched high above a mighty cliff overlooking the Danube River. Missy was dressed in a voluminous gown in keeping with the tastes of the day. When the time came to affirm before the world their intention to marry, the bride and groom’s responses were almost a reflection of how they viewed their marriage. Nandi “ja” was “heard distinctly over the church, but the answer of Princess Marie was quite inaudible. If Missy was overcome by the thought of her new life and position, she betrayed nothing to the throngs of guests who watched her carefully. Though Queen Victoria was unable to get to her grandaughter’s wedding, she did not forget to honor Missy. On the wedding day itself, salutes were fired from forts and ships at Portsmouth. At Osborne, the queen held a dinner party which included the Romanian minister to London and Lord Rosebery, the prime minister. In her toast to the newlyweds, Queen Victoria raised her glass with the words :”I wish to propose the health of my dear grandchildren Prince and Princess Ferdinand of Romania, with every wish for their happiness.”
The Empress Frederick gave her opinion to Sophie of Greece, ‘I think it very hard upon her, that she should be married off so young and go so far away.’ How right she proved to be.
Missy’s honeymoon lasted only a few days, but the experience left the young woman in a daze. Completely unprepared for what was in store for her, Missy became suddenly bewildered with married life.
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Princess Zenaida Youssoupoff sitting next to Ferdinand I of Romania.
The Youssoupoff’s hosted many members of various Royal Houses during the coronation celebrations, including Crown Princess Marie and Prince Ferdinand of Romania. Prince Felix Youssoupoff would write, “
After the coronation, my parents returned to Arkhangelskoye with their guests, including Prince Ferdinand of Romania and Princess Marie…
He was an attractive man, but devoid of personality, extremely timid and undecided in both public and private life. He would have been rather a handsome man had his ears not stuck out, which spoiled his looks.”
In the Arkhangelskoye museum archives, along with the informal photos taken during their visit, there remains official photographs taken and signed by Prince Ferdinand and Princess Marie
Crown Princess Marie of Romania (seated),with her sister Grand Duchess Victoria of Hesse (Darmstadt) and By Rhine (the future Grand Duchess Viktoria Feodorovna) in Moscow for the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II in May 1896.