There will come a time when gifted poets will write verse in praise of the Grand Duchess, her noble soul, her radiant feats, feats of love and mercy. Her beautiful and noble deeds will never be erased from the memory of human nobility and mankind will bless her as great, for she was wedded to love.
Uneasy lies the Head that Wears a Crown
"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity" Cicero

Alexandre II and his daugther Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna later Duchess of Edinburgh then Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Maria will always have a special place in the affection of her parents as the only surviving girl in the family, she was especially close to her father.

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