Alexandra Feodorovna, last Tsarina of Russia (1872-1914)
has multiple links with Cremerie de Paris.
She knew about Cremerie de Paris and the beauty of Les Halles from her grandmother. Queen Victoria
had a particular affection for the children of her second daughter Alice of the United Kingdom
who died very young at age 35. The picture shows Queen Victoria with her grandaughter Alice Hessen in 1879
Queen Victoria was a friend of French Empress Eugenie
. As Empress of the French Eugenie had contributed to the construction of les Halles Centrales
in the 1860s
. Fasinated by decoration Eugenie watched over the facade of every building to be erected on the new rue des Halles.
According to the legend the two angels
above the petite Cremerie on 11 rue des Halles represent the faces of Queen Victoria
and Empress Eugenie
The sculpture was created in 1859
. It's one of the fairy tales around Cremerie de Paris that Empress Eugenie later living in exile in the United Kingdom told Queen Victoria. Well it was not the only one ...
When they were getting older the two Ladies met quite frequently. Queen Victoria lived until 1901
, Empress Eugenie until 1920
Victoria repeated the story to her grandaughter Alice Hessen, later Alexandra Feodorovna
, Tsarina of Russia.
And Alexandra Fedorovna told the story to her own children, Tatiana
and the other children around them ... among them the grandfather of Cremerie de Paris
, picture 1910
more coming soon ...