Confusing! The Alexandras in Queenstown meant two different people and two different royalties. As many people might have known by know, road and place names in Queenstown commemorate the different characters in the British royalty. What some of you may not know is that Alexandra Road and Alexandra Park are referring to two different people! Who are there? Let us find out today!
The first of the two Alexandras in Queenstown was officially named Queen Alexandra, consort to King Emperor Edward VII. She was the daughter-in-law of Queen Victoria and great-grandmother of the reigning Queen Elizabeth II. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she was chosen to be the bride of the then heir apparent, Albert Edward, for the British throne. She was coronated on 9 August 1902 after the death of Queen Victoria and became Queen consort of the United Kingdom until May 1910.
Alexandra Road was first established by the British in 1864 connecting River Valley Road with Pasir Panjang to commemorate Queen Alexandra's, then a Princess-of-Wales, marriage to Crown Prince Albert Edward in 1863. Alexandra Close was the name given in 1955 to a road leading to the newly built Singapore Imporvement Trust estate, Queenstown, off Alexandra Road. It also marked the 30th anniversary of Queen Alexandra's death.
What about the other Alexandra?