"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
Tea Time at Winter Palace

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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