Photograph of the Russian Imperial Family, 1913. Left to right, seated: Grand Duchess Marie Nicholaevna; Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna; Tsarevitch Alexei Nicholaevitch; Tsar Nicholas II; Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna Standing: Grand Duchess Tatiana, Grand Duchess Olga
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (Maria Nikolaevna Romanova) (June 1899 – July 1918) was the 3rd daughter of the last autocratic ruler of the Russian Empire, Emperor Nicholas II, and of Empress Alexandra of Russia. Contrary to popular belief, it was Maria's body that was missing among the rest of her family after they were murdered in 1918, not that of Anastasia.
What strikes me most when I look at this photograph is how innocent and uncomfortable Nicholas and Alexandra (Alix especially) appear amongst their older, dominating relatives. It is easy to empathize with Nicky and Alix and understand why they would retreat to their own private, familial world at Tsarskoe Selo.