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Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Imperial Russia Antique Signed Letter to her Grandson Prince Nikita Romanov 1922

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Rare handwritten and signed letter from Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928), Christened Dagmar, she was a Danish princess who became Empress of Russia as spouse of Emperor Alexander III of Russia.

The letter is addressed to her grandson, Prince Nikita Alexandrovich of Russia (1900-1974), he was the third son and fourth child of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia. He was a nephew of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

It is written on her personal mourning stationery, embossed in silver and black with her initials MF surmounted by a Russian imperial crown. The letter is dated Hvidore in Denmark 27th August (OS) / 9th September (NS) 1922 and is accompanied by its original envelope numbered in red pen "XI", and is also handwritten by the Dowager Empress.

"Hvidore
27 Aug.1922
9 Sept

MF surmounted by an imperial crown

My dear Nikita

I was so delighted to receive your lovely new letter and thank you from my heart. - I imagine how you are all happy that dear Mama has returned to you. She sent me a long letter and told me in detail about Nina's wedding and the big reception after it at your place.-

I missed her tremedously and everything is so empty and sad without her and Vasya. His poor dog Myshka is missing him badly, and even lost weight.

It is such a pity that you couldn't visit me this year, but unfortunately there is so little room. I hope that your lovely Maria is in good health and that you are very happy and that you are always good to her. Kiss each other from me.

How sad was the death of lovely Vorochka! His mother was devastated and he is badly missed at home. Today it's rather cold here, only 10 degrees.

Suddenly after a short shower at night. I am cold in the room here upstairs, which is rather unpleasant and boring.-

I hug you tightly.

Always thinking of you and loving you.

Love your Amama"

She was the second daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Cassel and sister of Britain's Queen Alexandra, and King George I of Greece. Among her children was the last Russian monarch, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, whom she outlived by ten years.

Princess Marie Sophie Frederikke Dagmar was born at the Yellow Palace in Copenhagen. Her father was Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a member of a relatively impoverished princely cadet line. Her mother was Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel.

Tsar Alexander II of Russia searched for a bride for the heir apparent, Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Russia, in countries other than the German states that had traditionally provided consorts for the tsars. In 1864, Nicholas, or "Nixa" as he was known in his family, went to Denmark where he was betrothed to Dagmar. On 22 April 1865 he died from meningitis. His last wish was that Dagmar would marry his younger brother, the future Alexander III.

On 1 November 1894, Alexander III died aged just forty-nine at Livadia and Tsar Nicholas II became Emperor of Russia. After the revolution of 1917 she fled the Crimea on board HMS Marlborough with many other refugees. She settled in a villa she had bought with her sister Hvidore in Copenhagen. On 13 October 1928 at Hvidøre near Copenhagen, in a house she had once shared with her sister Queen Alexandra, Maria died at the age of 80, having outlived four of her six children. Following services in Copenhagen's Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Church, the Empress was interred at Roskilde Cathedral.

In 2005, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark and President Vladimir Putin of Russia and their respective governments agreed that the Empress's remains should be returned to St. Petersburg in accordance with her wish to be interred next to her husband. A number of ceremonies took place from 23 to 28 September 2006.

Prince Nikita was born in Imperial Russia during the reign of his uncle, Prince Nikita escaped the fate of many of his relatives who were killed by the Bolsheviks. He left Russia in April 1919, at age nineteen. In 1922 he married Countess Maria Vorontsova-Dashkova.

Prince Nikita Alexandrovich was born in St Petersburg at his parents' palace at 106, Moika street. He was the son of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia.

Prince Nikita spent his childhood and adolescence in fabulous splendor under the reign of his uncle, Tsar Nicholas II. He also traveled with his parents through Europe. A favorite destination was Ai-Todor, his father's estate, located in Crimea on the shores of the Black Sea. It was there where Prince Nikita and his immediate family found refuge from the disturbances in the former Imperial capital after the fall of the monarchy in Russia in February 1917. For a time, they lived there undisturbed. Their situation deteriorated after the Bolsheviks rose to power.

Prince Nikita was placed under house arrest with his parents and other members of the Romanov family in Crimea for sometime. He left Russia on 11 April 1919 with the help of his great aunt Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom (formerly Princess Alexandra of Denmark), a sister of the Dowager Empress Maria. King George V sent the British warship HMS Marlborough, which brought Prince Nikita's family and other members of the Romanov dynasty, headed by the Dowager Empress, from the Crimea over the Black Sea to Malta and then to England.

During his first years in exile he lived in Paris in the house of his sister Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia (Yusupov). He moved later to England where he graduated from Oxford University. During his student years Prince Nikita was president of the Oxford University Russian Club.

Prince Nikita married a childhood friend, Countess Maria Vorontsova-Dashkova (1903-1997), in Paris, France. Well known by White Russians in exile for her elegance and grace, the Princess was a daughter of Count Hilarion Vorontsov Illarionovich-Dashkov and his first wife, Irina, born Naryshkina. Maria was a direct descendant of several Russian noble families, including Dolgorukov, Naryshkin, and Shuvalov. The wedding took place on 19 February 1922 in Paris. The couple had two sons.

In the early 1920s in Paris, the Princess, with her husband's helped to create a collection for the company IRFE owned by Prince Felix Yusupov and his wife Princess Irina Alexandrovna, Nikita's sister. After the birth of his youngest son, he moved his family from Paris to England where his mother, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna lived.

In exile, Prince Nikita was an active in the monarchist movement. He was a member of the oldest monarchist organization, the Supreme Monarchist Council and was particularly involved during the 1920s and 1930s.

At the outbreak World War II, Prince Nikita was living in Paris with his family. Unable to return to London, they moved to Rome and later to Czechoslovakia. As the Red Army advanced on the Eastern Front, fearing to end up in Soviet-occupied territory, the family moved back to Paris. When the war ended, they emigrated to the United States in 1946 settling in Monterey, California where Prince Nikita taught Russian in army units. He later moved to New York city, working in banks and offices. Prince Nikita never recognized the rights to the throne of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia and in 1959 he publicly dismissed Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich's claims to the vacant Russian throne.

Throughout his life, Prince Nikita did not adopt any nationality, he decided to remain only Russian. In the early 1970s, Prince Nikita Alexandrovich and his wife returned to France. He died in 1974 in Cannes. He had wished to be buried in Ai-Todor in Crimea, but was buried in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, next to his parents.

Envelope Size: 14.5 x 9.5 cm approx

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