….another robust girl was born, weighing 10 lb (4.5 k.g.). They called her Maria, in honour of her grandmother, and Alexandra was soon happily breastfeeding her. Nicholas registered no obvious air of dismay ... Nevertheless, it was noticed that soon after the baby was born ‘he set off on a long solitary walk’. He returned 'as outwardly unruffled as ever’, and noted in his diary that this had been another 'happy day’. 'The Lord has sent us a third daughter.’
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (nee Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine) was born on June 6th, 1872. She had a great love of flowers particularly lilacs which often filled the rooms of the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo. Alexandra loved all shades of the colour mauve, thus Mauve Boudoir (or Lilac Study) became her favourite room in the palace. Each spring & on the her BD vases full of lilacs & lily-of-the-valley would fill this room. Other rooms would be decorated with flowers year round.