There were once four sisters - Victoria, Ella, Irene and Alix - who lived in an obscure grand duchy in south-western Germany, a place of winding cobbled streets and dark forests made legendary in the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. In their day, these four princesses of the house of Hesse and by Rhine were considered by many to be ‘the flowers of Queen Victoria’s flock of granddaughters’, celebrated for their beauty, intelligence and charms. As they grew up they became the object of intense scrutiny on that most fraught of international stages - the royal marriage market of Europe. Despite their lack of large dowries or vast territories, each sister in turn married well. But it was to the youngest and most beautiful of the four that fate dealt the biggest hand.
The Romanov Sisters - Helen Rappaport
The jet beading in the gown in the top right hand corner. I can’t even.