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Queen Maud of Norway

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Queen Maud of Norway, grandmother of King Harald, died at Sandringham on this day in 1938. The third daughter and fifth child of the then Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark, she was born during the reign of her grandmother, Queen Victoria, and spent her childhood between Marlborough House in London and Sandringham in Norfolk. In 1896, she married her first cousin, Prince Carl of Denmark. The couple had one son, and in 1905, Prince Carl was elected to the Throne of an independent Norway, taking the regnal name of King Haakon VII, and their son taking the name of Olav. Very popular in Norway, Queen Maud made frequent visits to Britain, often staying at Appleton House on the Sandringham Estate, a wedding gift from her father, where she died of heart failure on this day in 1938.

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