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Alix and Countess ‘Juju' Rantzau: An Imperial Friendship

21 days ago   |   By Royal Central

“ She was a rare flower, too delicate for this world, but rejoicing others with her fragrance and cheering them on the way ...”
With these words, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia described the death of her friend, Julia, Countess Rantzau in a letter of 1901 to Princess Marie Bariatinsky, who had become her lady-in-waiting in 1896 and who became a friend in her own right, after the completion of her duties in 1898. Alongside the female friendships that she was able to form in Russia, Alexandra retained a close attachment to the friends of her youth in Darmstadt, maintaining contact...
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