Pretty Data: Norway – Part II Queen Maud (1869-1938)

Princess Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria of Wales is born November 26th 1869, to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Alexandra, Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra). She is their third daughter, and fifth child. She grows up as their youngest, since her baby brother Prince Alexander John lives less than a day. She is thus a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

Wings of Whimsy: Queen Maud of Norway #vintage #pehemera #freebie #printable #princess #queen #royal #norway

Wings of Whimsy: Queen Maud of Norway #vintage #pehemera #freebie #printable #princess #queen #royal #norway

Wings of Whimsy: Queen Maud of Norway #vintage #pehemera #freebie #printable #princess #queen #royal #norway

Her parents become King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1901, and her older brother succeedes his father as King George V in 1910.

Wings of Whimsy: Princess Maud of Wales, November 1871

Wings of Whimsy: Princess Maud of Wales, August 1870The children of King Edward VII when Prince of Wales 1871Wings of Whimsy: Princess Maud of Wales, 1876

Wings of Whimsy: Alexandra, Princess of Wales, with Princess Maud, 1870 Wings of Whimsy: Alexandra, Princess of Wales, and Princess Maud, 1872Princess Maud of Wales circa 1875.

Princess Maud is growing up to be a lovely young lady, quite mischievous they say:Princess Maud by Alexander Bassano, early 1880s

Alexandra, Princess of Wales, with her children, 1883 The Prince and Princess of Wales with their children, 1880

Most every summer Princess Maud goes with her mother to Denmark, to visit her grandparents, King Christian IX and Queen Louise:

Wings of Whimsy: Queen Louise of Denmark with her grand-daughters, Princesses Victoria, Maud, and Louise of Wales, 1882

Queen Louise of Denmark with her granddaughers, the Princesses of Wales.

The three daughers of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, painted in 1883 by Sydney Prior Hall:The_three_daughters_of_King_Edward_VII_and_Queen_Alexandra_by_Sydney_Prior_Hall_1883

Princess Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar (1867-1931); Princess Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria (1869-1938) and Princess Victoria Alexandra of Wales (1868-1935)

During these summer trips she even sails to Western Norway in 1895 and has her picture taken in Bergen, wearing a traditional Norwegian Hardangerbunad:

1895MaudHardangerBunad_WingsofWhimsy MaudHardangerBunad1895_WingsofWhimsy

She is a lovely young lady as a teenager, and several European princes are suggested as future spouses.

Maud, Princess Charles of Denmark, later Queen Maud of Norway circa 1897

Maud, Princess Charles of Denmark, later Queen Maud of Norway circa 1899

Princess Victoria and Princess Maud of Wales, 27 July 1889 Alexandra, Princess of Wales, with her daughters, 1893 Princess Maud of Wales, later Queen Maud of Norway circa 1893

But Princess Maud chooses to marry her cousin, Prince Carl of Denmark (or Prince Charles as he was known in the United Kingdom) because he is several steps removed from the centers of royal locomotion. He is very much in love with her, and his vigorous pursuit pays off.

They are married in 1896 at the private chapel of Buckingham Palace, and settle down at Appleton House, part of the Sandringham estate, a gift to the newly wed from the brides parents.

MarriageMaudCarl_WingsofWhimsy WeddingKey_WingsofWhimsyWeddingPrinceCharlesAndPrincessMaudNov221896_WingsofWhimsy

Maud, Princess Charles of Denmark, later Queen Maud of Norway circa 1896

With a dashing husband, a dream estate and a newborn son in 1903, whom she names Alexander after her lost baby brother, she is all set for the quiet countryside life she envisioned:
PrincessMaudandPrinceCharles_WingsofWhimsy

Prince Charles of Denmark and Princess Maud with the infant Prince Olav  Jul 1903

However, the Norwegian proposal of 1905, is about to turn their life completely upside down, and you will hear more about that in the next post in this series.

This post is  part of a series of several posts about the Norwegian Royal Family as follows:

  • Part I: King Haakon VII
  • Part II: Queen Maud
  • Part III: The Coronation
  • Part IV: The Coronation Journey
  • Part V: Reign
  • Part VI: Crown Prince Olav
  • Part VII: King Olav V
  • Part: VIII: King Harald V
  • Part IX: Crown Prince Haakon
  • Part X: Princess Ingrid Alexandra
  • Part XI: Genealogy

Click on King Haakon VII’s family badge below to download high quality images from this post.

KingHaakonVIIBadgeSmall_WingsofWhimsy

I wish to extend a big THANK YOU to Hild-Tove Aslaksen, who has helped find many vintage images of the Norwegian Royal family. She has already contributed immensely to the Pretty Data project, and I’m very happy to be working with her.

If you are curious about my Pretty Data project, and  interested in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, please get in touch, as I’m still hoping to sign up more helpers with my project! Warning: you’d have to be pretty crazy about imagery, somewhat interested in history, and have a (more or less secret) crush on royalty!…lol I have divided the project into the various European countries, so please let me know which country you would be interested in working with. If you are interested in SWEDEN or the UNITED KINGDOM, don’t even think twice, these are the countries I’ll be focusing on next, after Norway 😉

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One thought on “Pretty Data: Norway – Part II Queen Maud (1869-1938)

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