Mother of Tsar makes her
last Voyage on board the
RDN ESBERN SNARE
The empress' coffin arrives at Langelinie where
it will be taken on board the command and support ship
(Photo: Johnny E. Balsved)
On Saturday, September 23, the coffin with the
remains of Danish born prinsess Dagmar, the later Russian empress Maria
Fyodorovna, was taken on board the RDN
ESBERN SNARE to be brought back to Russia.
The empress' last wish was to be buried in St.
Petersburg next to her husband, Tsar Alexander III.
This last wish came through after lengthy
negotiations on the terms of the transfer, a project championed by the Russian President
Putin, who has tried to rehabilitate some of the icons of the imperial past.
ESBERN SNARE departed Copenhagen immediately after the coffin was taken
aborad an is due to arrive in St. Petersburg on September 26, exactly 140 years
after Prinsess Dagmar first arrived to Russia.
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