Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Grand Duchess of Hesse, later Grand Duchess Viktoria Feodorovna of Russia. She is wearing her diamond and emerald tiara, wedding gift from her parents.
“Ｏlga, the eldest, was most like her father. Shy and subdued, she had long chestnut-blond hair and blue eyes set in a wide Russian face. She impressed people by her kindness, her innocence and the depth of her private feelings. Olga had a good mind and was quick to grasp ideas. Talking to someone she knew well, she spoke rapidly and with frankness and wit. She read widely, both fiction and poetry, often borrowing books from her mother’s tables before the Empress had read them. ‘You must wait, Mama, until I find out whether this book is a proper one for you to read,’ she parried when Alexandra spotted her reading a missing book.”
Robert K. Massie, Nicholas & Alexandra
Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna only surviving daughter of Emperor Alexander II and Empress Maria Alexandrovna, later Duchess of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Beautiful art work of Nicholas II and Alexandra on their conoration. TatianaZ.
Some closeups of Olga’s kokoshnik that I posted earlier, along with the story of how it came to be returned to the Alexander Palace, from the Royal Russia News blog. Go read the article at the source, it’s a fascinating read and shows pictures of Tatiana and Anastasia’s kokoshniks too!