|Portrait of the Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna of Russia,|
from the Royal Collection.
In 1841, her niece, Princess Feodora went to Geneva, and later reported to her half-sister, Queen Victoria about her meeting with their Aunt Julia: "I went to see Mama and Aunt Julia, who I find very much changed, she looks now an old woman, such a pity, for she was so lovely once. ...Her life full of trials of all kind, her youth thrown away at that court, and now alone, amongst strangers here is indeed a bitter cup to the last... poor aunt, life must be a burthen to her; and her feelings are so young still."
(Quotes from the Royal Collection.)