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Princess Ileana of Romania

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Princess Ileana of Romania, also known as Mother Alexandra (5 January 1909 – 21 January 1991), was the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania and his consort, Queen Marie of Romania. She was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Emperor Alexander II of Russia, King Ferdinand II and Queen Maria II of Portugal. She was born as Her Royal Highness Princess Ileana of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Ileana was born in Bucharest on 5 January 1909, the youngest daughter of Queen Marie of Romania and King Ferdinand I of Romania. Ileana had four older siblings: Carol, Elisabeth – later Queen of Greece, Princess Maria – later Queen of Yugoslavia – and Nicholas. Her mother wrote in her memoirs: Ileana from her earliest infancy had an earnestness about her which the other four did not possess. Her large dark blue eyes looked at you with deep inquiry and the child seemed to understand your every emotion with almost uncanny lucidity.Ileana was naturally well-behaved ; Ileana, as is so seldom the case, was born with the law within her, it was never necessary to teach Ileana the difference between right and wrong ; Ileana knew. But this did not make of her a prig, she was a gay, happy child, full of life and high spirits, and when Mircea appeared early in the year 1913, Ileana loved him with motherly ardour and Mircea adored Ileana more than anyone on this earth ; more than his mother, more than his nurse. Before her marriage, Ileana was the organizer and Chief of the Romanian Girl Guide Movement. Later, Princess Ileana was involved in Guiding in Austria and served as president of the Austrian Girl Guides. From 1935 until Girl Guiding and Scouting were banned in 1938 after the Anschluss. Ileana was the organizer of the Girl Reserves of the Red Cross, and of the first school of Social Work in Romania. She was an avid sailor: she earned her navigator's papers, and she owned and sailed the "Isprava" for many years.
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