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    WILL EMPRESS BE REBURIED IN RUSSIA? IDEA ALIVE, SAYS AMBASSADOR TO DENMARK

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    KALININGRAD, FEBRUARY 17 (RIA NOVOSTI) - The idea to rebury Empress Maria Theodorovna in Russia is not forgotten, says Dmitry Ryurikov, Russian Ambassador to Denmark.

    Russia advanced the idea back in 2002, and the two countries' spokesmen are in dynamic debates into this day. The diplomat hopes the matter will be settled to satisfy both sides. It was initially intended to rebury the Empress in the Royal sepulchre of St. Petersburg's Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, September 2004, Mr. Ryurikov said to Novosti.

    Daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark, Princess Maria was born in Copenhagen, 1847. She married, in 1866, the heir apparent to the Russian throne, future Emperor Alexander III. They had six children - among them Nicholas II of the tragic fate, Russia's last Tsar.

    Empress Maria fled St. Petersburg in the revolutionary year 1917, and came back to Denmark two years later to stay in her native land till her death in 1928. She found her last abode in the Royal sepulchre in the Copenhagen environs.

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