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Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia was a daughter of Alexander II of Russia/Empress Maria Alexandrovna. Maria became the wife of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the 2nd son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She died in exile in Switzerland after World War I when Coburg, the principality her husband and nephew had ruled, ceased to exist. It has been said that she died of shock when the postman delivered a letter addressed to plain 'Frau Coburg.'

Roald Amundsen returns from the Belgian Antarctic Expedition, 1897-1899. Date: June 1899 Photographer Daniel Georg Nyblin, Oslo

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