Topic: Tsarskoye Selo
Photo Credit: Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve
A bouquet of beautiful flowers from the Tsarskoye Selo Greenhouses was placed on an antique desktop in the Romanov memorial rooms at the Catherine Palace on August 8, 2013. Tsarskoye Selo is honouring the 189th anniversary of the birth of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (née Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine), the consort of Emperor Alexander II of Russia.
The event is part of the Romanov 400th Anniversary Commemoration Project observing the birth dates of the Russian monarchs connected with the history of Tsarskoye Selo, including Peter the Great, Elizabeth Petrovna, Catherine I, Alexander II, Catherine II, Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna.
A loving and beloved wife and mother for 25 years, Maria’s life changed dramatically in 1865 after the tragic death of her eldest and favourite son Tsesarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich. In the 1860s and 1870s she withdrew from Court life, deeply grieved by the loss of her son, emotionally scarred by a series of attempts on the life of the Emperor, and saddened by her husband’s unfaithfulness.
Maria Alexandrovna (as she was named after her conversion to Orthodoxy) died in 1880. During her almost 40 years in Russia she initiated the establishment of the Russian Red Cross and women’s schools for all social estates. While in residence at Tsarskoye Selo, she maintained magnificent apartments in the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace.
© Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve & Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 08 August, 2013