Marie was born on October 29, 1875 in Eastwell Park, Kent and died on July 18, 1938 in Sinaia, Romania. Queen consort of King Ferdinand I of Romania; she played an important part in persuading him to join the Allies in World War l.
The daughter of Alfred, duke of Edinburgh, and a granddaughter both of England’s Queen Victoria and of Tsar Alexander ll of Russia, Princess Marie married Ferdinand of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, then crown prince of Romania, in January 1893. When Ferdinand became king (October 1914) shortly after the outbreak of World War l, Marie first encouraged him in his wait-and-see policy on the question of Romania intervention, but her own pro-British, pro-Russian sympathies helped pave the way for Romania’s eventual entry into the war on the side of the Allies (1916). During the war she showed considerable heroism as Red Cross nurse and helped preserve troop morale during the national military disasters of 1917. In October 1922, after long delays, she was finally crowned queen, and Ferdinand king, of Greater Romania at Alba Iuia. After the death of Ferdinand in 1927, she was passed over in the formation of a regency for her young grandson Michael and largely retired from public life. Through the following years she wrote several personal and literary works, including an autobiography, The Story of My Life, 2 vol. (1934-1935). – The New Encyclopedia Britannica