A l e x a n d e r  &  M a r i e

Marie of Hesse-Darmstadt was fourteen with the long, loose hair of childhood when she first met the future Alexander II. She was eating cherries when she was ushered forward and had to spit the stones into her hand before she could speak to him. ’This was Marie, our beloved Marie, who became Sasha’s happiness’, his sister Olga remembered. ’ From the first word she spoke his feelings were aroused. She was no doll like the others, there was no coyness about her and she expected nothing from their meeting.’ The engagement was approved and they married three years later. [The Camera and the Tsars]

Signs as Queens

Aries: Catherine de’ Medici (Queen of France)

Taurus: Catherine the Great (Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias)

Gemini: Queen Victoria (Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland)

Cancer: Joséphine de Beauharnais (Empress of the French)

Leo: Maria Alexandrovna (Empress of Russia)

Virgo: Elizabeth I of England (Queen of England and Ireland)

Libra: Isabel II of Spain (Queen of Spain)

Scorpio: Marie Antoinette (Queen of France)

Sagittarius: Cixi (Empress Dowager of Qing China)

Capricorn: Mariana of Austria (Queen consort of Spain)

Aquarius: Wu Zetian (Empress regnant of China)

Pisces: Mary Tudor (Queen of France)


Five last Russian Empresses and their nicknames

  • Empress Elizaveta Alexeievna, consort of Alexander I - “Elise”
  • Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, consort of Nicholas I - “Mouffy”
  • Empress Maria Alexandrovna, consort of Alexander II - “Masha”
  • Empress Maria Fyodorovna, consort of Alexander III - “Minnie”
  • Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, consort of Nicholas II - “Sunny”