Aleksandra Ilava was born in 1928 to Zledin Ilava and Anica Ský, both from Hurbanova. In 1941, the Royal Family of Brunant fled to Lovia during the Nazi German invasion. Her father was asked to build a house in Hurbanova for the exiled Royals. Prince Marten, the future KingMarten II, met Aleksandra and fell in love with her. In 1949, she came to Brunant and in 1950 she married him.
The Queen was known for her love of Cassals dresses, and the designer made a variety of then for her in the 1950s and 1960s, including her coronation dress from 1967.