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Today, May 25, is Alexandra Feodorovna’s 140th birthday.
Above: The Hesse Family 1875 (you can see where Alix got her childhood nickname “Sunny.”)
Alix and her Uncle Leopold, shortly after the death of her mother Alice in 1878. The Hesse children were very fond of their Uncle Leopold, who visited them often, especially after the death of their mother. They were devastated when he died an early death due to a fall which caused a fatal attack of hemophilia.
From left: Prince Eddie of Wales, Princes Alix of Hesse, Queen Victoria, Princess Beatrice, Princess Irene of Hesse at Balmoral in Scotland, 1887. This may have been the beginning of Queen Victoria’s attempted matchmaking between the (then) future King of England and the youngest Princess of Hesse. Alix decidedly refused Eddie, who was eight years older than she was, and had a somewhat dubious reputation.
A portrait of Princess Alix of Hesse painted for Queen Victoria.