Few of Queen Victoria’s grandchildren were to prove more exotic than Princess Marie, eldest daughter of the Queen’s second son, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. Having, at the age of sixteen, rejected a proposal of marriage from her cousin Prince George of Wales, and so missed the opportunity of one day becoming Queen of England, Princess Marie, or Missy, accepted a second proposal and ended up as the Queen of Romania instead.
Of the characters of the two royal houses represented by Marie’s parentage - matter-of-fact British and mystical Russian - the Princess took her colour; almost entirely, from her mother’s side of the family. In the Coburg aviary, she was to be a very rare bird indeed.
Grandmama of Europe: The Crowned Descendants of Queen Victoria - Theo Aronson