The youngest children of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, Grand Duke Michael and Grand Duchess Olga, circa late 1890s. The siblings had a very close relationship and often with their outdoorsman for a father, they went outside hiking within the Gatchina forests, where the Emperor taught Olga and Michael woodsmanship. Olga liked to call her brother “Floppy” because he used to “flop” into chairs rather boorishly. On Olga’s 36th birthday, unknown to her, the Bolshevik party shot her brother to death.

Photo source: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015