Friday, February 20, 2015

"Poor Aunt Julia"

Portrait of the Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna of Russia,
from the Royal Collection.

The Grand Duchess Anna was born as Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She was an aunt of Queen Victoria. She married Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich of Russia, second son of Tsar Paul I, when she was only 15 years old. The marriage was unhappy and ended in divorce. Anna later settled in Switzerland and died there in 1860.

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.)
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