On this day: Mary of Teck was born in 1867

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In Ottawa in 1901.

Mary of Teck was born on the 26th of May, 1867 at Kensington Palace in London. Though technically a German princess, her life was in England, where she would go on to marry the future King George the Fifth.

Mary of Teck as an infant with her parents.

With her parents.

Today she is probably best-known as the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Victoria_Mary_of_Teck.jpgPrincess Victoria Mary shortly before her marriage to the Duke of York in 1893

Soon before her wedding in 1893.

Her life very nearly took a different path, as she was originally engaged to the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, who died six weeks after the engagement was announced.

Her full name was Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes, and she held many titles, including Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress of India.

She died in March, 1953.

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