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    DENMARK APPROVES OF RE-BURIAL OF EMPRESS MARIA FYODOROVNA'S ASHES

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    ST.PETERSBURG, JANUARY 30 (RIA NOVOSTI-NORTHWEST CORRESPONDENT ANNA NOVAK) - Denmark approves of the idea of re-burying the ashes of the Empress Maria Fyodorovna in St.Petersburg, Dmitry Romanoff, a representative of the Romanoff family (the dynasty of Russian tsars and emperors who ruled from 1613 to 1917) at a press conference Friday.

    "At first, the Danish seemed to be in two minds but now all in Denmark agree to a reburial of the Russian empress," Dmitry Romanoff said at a ceremony in the Grand Duke vault of the Peter-and-Paul's Fortress when a plaque in memory of four Grand Dukes executed in the fortress in 1919 was installed.

    He said that the descendants of the Romanoff family are certain that the ashes of the empress should rest in St.Petersburg. "We consider that it is right for the empress Maria Fyodorovna to lie close to her husband Alexander the Third," noted Romanoff.

    According to him, many Romanoffs, though living in different countries, will come to a re-burial ceremony. "We hope that the projected ceremony will take place on September 24 this year and that many Romanoffs will coordinate their plans to be present here," said Dmitry Romanoff.

    Maria Fyodorovna, nee Princess Dagmara of Denmark, was married to the emperor Alexander the Third, spent in Russia 52 years and returned to her native country in 1919. The empress died in Copenhagen in 1928 and was buried in the Danish royal vault in the Roskilde cathedral.

    Last fall, the Danish side announced that the queen gave her consent to the re-burial of Maria Fyodorovna.

    This event will take place this September since it was in September 1866 that Maria Fyodorvna came to Russia for the first time.

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