1896 Tsar Imperial Egg depicts Alexandra’s path in miniatures from childhood to Russian Empress. The iconic decoration of the egg’s stand elucidates this transition from the monogram and crown as Alix, Princess of Hesse and by Rhine on the upper register to the base itself with her imperial cipher as Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Postcard signed in pen, Alix Princess of Hesse. Harrogate. 1894. (Photographs: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Postcard)

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