Yes, victors are our strongest. They’re the ones who s u r v i v e d the arena and slipped the noose of poverty that s t r a n g l e s the rest of us. They, or should I say we, are the very e m b o d i m e n t o f h o p e w h e r e t h e r e i s n o h o p e .
Photograph of Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia in her wedding gown. She was the only daughter of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich.
She married Prince Felix Yusupov, famous for participating in the murder of Rasputin. Her tiara (pictured below) was made by Cartier and her lace veil was said to have belonged to Marie Antoinette.
Maria Nikolaevna, June
"There has never been such a summer! Since sailing from Peterhof, my sisters and I have spent all day on the sunny decks of our dear Standart, playing shuffleboard, roller-skating, dancing, and yes, sometimes flirting with the officers. Of course they kissed our hands when we climbed aboard, but only because we’re the tsar’s daughters."
(The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller)
Nicholas, Alexandra and their daughters in 1908.