Grand Duchess Maria and Grand Duchess Anastasia on a beach
Grand Duchess Maria and Grand Duchess Anastasia on a beach

From a 1915 letter of Maria Romanov:

8 April. My sweet good Papa darling! Mama was terribly happy to receive the cross from you, and she is constantly wearing it today. She was lying down on the balcony for the first time today. Anastasia and I rode our bicycles for a bit around the house. The guard on duty today is not very interesting. In the morning it was 20 degrees in the sun. In the afternoon, I walked with Anastasia and Shura , and then went to our infirmary…  Right now I am sitting near Mama’s bed, where she is staying, while Olga and Tatiana are reading. Alexei wanted to sleep in your spot today and told Mama that he wants to pretend that he is the husband. Yesterday he gorged on black crackers and in the evening he was sent directly to Derevenko . Olga and Tatiana were in Petrograd today, Olga at the charities, and Tatiana at the committee and [she] took pleasure in dear Neidegart . After dinner I played kolorito with Mama. Now she is reading some English book. Yesterday Kozhevnikov and Rodionov and Kublitsky were at Anya’s for tea. Before that they stopped by to bid farewell to Mama, as they were leaving that evening. They were wearing the same shirts as yours. It is so lonesome here without you. I kiss you affectionately, and squeeze you in hugs and love you. Your Kazanetz. Big regards to Kolya. May the Lord keep you. +

From the book MARIA and ANASTASIA: The Youngest Romanov Grand Duchesses In Their Own Words: Letters, Diaries, Postcards.


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