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Anna Pavlovna

( Queen of the Netherlands)

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Biography Anna Pavlovna
daughter of Emperor Paul I and Empress Maria Feodorovna (1795 - 1865). When the Grand Duchess had not yet turned 15 years old, Napoleon, wishing to intermarry with the Russian imperial house and to strengthen friendly relations with Russia, asked in 1809 by the French ambassador, Caulaincourt, arms A. Pavlovna. As for the year before, when Napoleon's betrothal to the Grand Duchess Catherine Pavlovna, Alexander gave an evasive answer, referring to the youth of Grand Duchess. In 1816 A. Pavlovna married to the Netherlands Crown Prince William of Orange (from 1840 King William II). She took up the study of the Dutch language, literature and history of the Netherlands and a lot of concerns about the establishment of educational institutions for children of the poor classes, under her patronage was established 50 shelters. During the war with the rebellious Belgium at its own expense, she founded the hospital and wheel house.


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