Body of Tsar's mother to return
Friday 17 September 2004
The mother of Russia's last Tsar, Empress-Dowager Maria Fedorovna, is to be laid to rest in St Petersburg alongside her husband Tsar Alexander III, almost 80 years after she died in exile in Denmark.
The Danish-born Tsarina fled Russia in 1919 two years after the Bolsheviks came to power and died in Copenhagen of natural causes in 1928.
Her son Tsar Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs to rule Russia, was murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918 along with his wife and children.
Maria Fedorovna, née Princess Dagmar, never acknowledge that the massacre took place but expressed a wish to be buried alongside her husband when the time was right.
Talks between Moscow and Copenhagen on the subject have been going on since 1998; yesterday it was reported that "a final and definitive agreement" had been reached.
Maria Fedorovna will be buried on 26 September 2006, in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St Petersburg. The date marks the 140th anniversary of her arrival in Russia where she converted to Orthodoxy and married Alexander in the church of St Petersburg's Winter Palace.
Maria Fedorovna will be buried alongside her husband and close to her murdered son and his family whose purported remains were placed in the cathedral amid much pomp and ceremonyin 1998.
Members of the Romanov dynasty are keen that her burial should not be turned into "a political show", which is how many perceived the burial of her son.
Maria Fedorovna was famed for her devotion to charitable causes and her general kindness.
Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'
Of all the computers Apple has ever made there’s only one that Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance
Marvel has released first teaser trailer week early after it leaked online
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 2 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis
Ottawa shooting: Canadian soldier dies after being shot at National War Memorial – with one gunman killed inside parliament
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
Isis releases first video showing the stoning of woman accused of committing adultery as her father shouts 'don't call me Dad'
Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
Diwali: What is the festival of lights and how is it celebrated around the world?
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
£70 - £85 per day: Randstad Education Group: SEN Teaching Assistants needed in...
£21500 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Education ar...
£20000 - £22000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A highly successful and w...
£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a quailed Teacher ...