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  1. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, later Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, was a German Hessian and Rhenish princess of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt, and the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, the fifth son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine. She was also a maternal great-aunt of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort of Queen Elizabeth II. A granddaughter of Queen Victoria and an older sister of ...

  2. Princess Elisabeth Marie Alice Viktoria of Hesse and by Rhine was a German Hessian and Rhenish child princess, the only daughter of Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, and his first wife, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She was named after her paternal great-grandmother, who was born Princess Elisabeth of Prussia. Her paternal aunt had the same name and was also nicknamed Ella. Elisabeth's early death was rumored to be a result of poison meant for ...

  3. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine may refer to: Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864–1918) (Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna), daughter of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine and British Princess Alice, wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia.

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    Her parents, nicknamed 'Ernie' and 'Ducky,' were first cousins who married at the instigation of their common grandmother, Queen Victoria. The marriage was an unhappy one from the start. Princess Victoria Melita was eighteen at the time of Elisabeth's birth. She was fond of Elisabeth, but found it hard to compete with Ernst's devotion to their daug...

    Margaretta Eagar, a governess for the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, described Elisabeth as "a sweet and pretty child, with wide grey-blue eyes and a profusion of dark hair. She was much like her mother, not only in face, but also in manner." The four-year-old Elisabeth wanted a baby sister and tried to persuade her aunt and uncle to let her parent...

    On 6 October 1903, Ernst hosted a large family gathering at Darmstadt for the wedding of his niece, Princess Alice of Battenberg, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. A few weeks later he took Elisabeth to stay with his younger sister, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, her husband, Tsar Nicholas II, and their family. At the imperial family's hunting...

    Elisabeth's body was placed in a silver casket, a gift from Nicholas II, for the journey back to Darmstadt. Her father arranged a white funeral, with white instead of black for the funeral trappings, white flowers, and white horses for the procession. The Hessian people came out by the thousands to view the funeral procession and "sobbed in unison ...

    Margaret Eagar, Six Years at the Russian Court,1906.
    Andrei Maylunas and Sergei Mironenko, editors; Darya Galy, translator, A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story, Weindenfeld and Nicolson, 1997, ISBN 0-297-81520-2
    Michael John Sullivan, A Fatal Passion: The Story of the Uncrowned Last Empress of Russia, Random House, 1997, ISBN 0-679-42400-8
    John Van Der Kiste, Princess Victoria Melita,Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2003, ASIN B000K2IRNU
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    Grand Duchess Elizabeth was born Her Grand Ducal Highness Princess Elisabeth Alexandra Louise Alice of Hesse and the Rhine on 1 November 1864. She was the second child of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and the Rhine and British Princess Alice. Through her mother, she was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Princess Alice chose the name "Elisabeth" fo...

    Charming and with a very accommodating personality, Elizabeth was considered by many historians and contemporaries to be one of the most beautiful women in Europe at that time. As a young woman, she caught the eye of her elder cousin, the future German Emperor William II. He was a student then at Bonn University, and on weekends he often visited hi...

    Sergei and Elizabeth married on 15 (3) June 1884, at the Chapel of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. She became Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. The new Grand Duchess made a good first impression on her husband's family and the Russian people. “Everyone fell in love with her from the moment she came to Russia from her beloved Darmstadt”, wrot...

    After Sergei's death, Elizabeth wore mourning clothes and became a vegetarian. In 1909, she sold off her magnificent collection of jewels and sold her other luxurious possessions; even her wedding ring was not spared. With the proceeds she opened the Convent of Sts. Martha and Mary and became its abbess. She soon opened a hospital, a chapel, a phar...

    Elizabeth was glorified (canonized) by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 1981, and by the Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia in 1992 as New-Martyr Elizabeth. Her principal shrines are the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent she founded in Moscow, and the St. Mary Magdalene Convent on the Mount of Olives, which she and her husband helped build...

    Her Grand Ducal HighnessPrincess Elisabeth of Hesse and the Rhine (1864–1884)
    Her Imperial HighnessGrand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna of Russia (1884–1918)
    Sister Elizaveta (1909–1918)
    St. Elizabeth Romanova (2000 onwards) - Russian Orthodox Saint
    Paleologue, Maurice. An Ambassador's Memoirs,1922
    Grand Duchess Marie of Russia. Education of a Princess, 1931
    Queen Marie of Romania. The Story of My Life,1934
    Almedingen, E.M. An Unbroken Unity, 1964
  4. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine; Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia: Born 1 November 1864 Bessungen, Grand Duchy of Hesse, German Confederation: Died: 18 July 1918 (aged 53) Alapaevsk, Russian SFSR: Burial: Church of Mary Magdalene, Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Israel: Spouse: Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia

  5. 01/09/2022 · bySTAFF WRITER 0 Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhinewas born in Hess on November 1, 1864. She was the second child of Princess Alice of the United Kingdomand Louis IV of Hess, future Grand Duke. She had one older sister, three younger sisters, and two younger brothers. The young Elisabeth was fondly called “Ella” by her family.