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The future spouses’ next meeting occurred 5 years later, when Alexandra Fyodorovna spent a month and a half visiting her sister in Saint Petersburg. Nikolai’s parents were against their marriage. / Alexander III, his wife and their children

A menu for a dinner held on the eve of the Coronation of Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna, 1883, via Flickr.

Maria Feodorovna Princess of Württemberg, Grand Duchess of Russia 1777 by Alexander Roslin Maria Feodorovna Princess Sophie Marie Dorothea Auguste Louise of Württemberg. (25 October 1759 – 5 November 1828) was the second wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia and mother of Tsar Alexander I and Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.

Tsar Alexander III with his youngest son Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich (When I first saw this I thought Michael was Alexei)