Thursday 28 September 2006

Empress Maria Feodorovna laid to rest at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

Crown Prince Frederik sprinkles Danish soil upon the coffin of Empress Maria Feodorovna. The soil is from Empress Dagmar's rose garden at her house in Hvidøre in Denmark where she spent her final years - it was a garden she tended herself. It was Queen Margrethe's idea that Danish soil from Dagmar's beloved rose garden should be enclosed with her in her final resting place in the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, now beside her husband and near the remains of her son the last Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and other members of the Imperial Family.

photos by Dmitry Lovetsky for POLFOTO

Added: Sydney Morning Herald video clip (1:15) 'Exiled Empress comes home'
Russia reburies empress in imperial crypt Reuters Canada
Russian empress, Danish princess finds final resting spot in The Copenhagen Post

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