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I’ve decided to take a break from painting Queen Victoria’s Children, and move over to the Romanov girls.

This is Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia. She was the third daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna. On this tragic day in history, Maria and her entire family were murdered by the Bolsheviks.

Before their capture, Maria was described as a pretty, flirtations girl. Her and her sister, Anastasia, were referred to as “the Little Pair” because they were often dressed in the same outfit and shared a room. Maria was interested in the arts, nursing, and having a large family. *SOB*

Their story is so incredibly sad, I have a very hard time getting through the information. Knowing that these beautiful princesses were shot at point blank range is impossible to comprehend.

There’s a powerful video on Maria and her family here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xshg3ZKt8CY

and a very in depth article on her here: https://romanovpalace.wordpress.com/grand-duchess-maria-nikolaevna/

The History Chicks have a podcast on the Romanovs, here: http://thehistorychicks.com/?s=Romanov