|Ivan N. Kramskoi, Portrait of Empress Maria Feodorovna, 1880s|
According to Robert K. Massie, author of Nicholas and Alexandra:I am sharing this because I love the look on the Empress's face. I want to be friends with her.
Russia loved this small, gay woman who became their Empress, and Marie gloried in the life of the Russian court. She delighted in parties and balls…..Seated at dinner, she was an intelligent, witty conversationalist and, with her dark eyes flashing, her husky voice filled with warmth and humor, she dominated as much by charm as by rank.
The post, however, is mainly about the Faberge eggs which her husband, Alexander III, gave her every year, a custom which her son carried on when he ascended to the throne. Go read it all.