Fine antique photo of Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia, (1907-1951), in her wedding dress holding abouquet of flowers in 1925, mounted onto stiff brown card. It was the same wedding dress that her mother wore to marry Grand Duke Kirill.
She was the eldest daughter of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna. She was born in Coburg when her parents were in exile because their marriage had not been approved by Tsar Nicholas II. She was born Princess Maria Kirillovna of Russia, but her father granted her the title Grand Duchess of Russia with the style Imperial Highness when he declared himself Guardian of the Throne in 1924. The family returned to Russia prior to World War I, but was forced to flee following the Russian Revolution of 1917.
On 24th February 1925, Maria was engaged to Prince Friedrich Karl, the Hereditary Prince of Leiningen, and they were married on 25th November. Victoria was at her daughter's bedside when she gave birth to her first child, Emich Kirill, in 1926. She also attended the subsequent births of Maria's children. Maria had seven children in all, one of whom died in infancy during World War II. Her husband was forced to join the German army and was taken captive by the Soviets at the end of World War II. He died of starvation in a Russian concentration camp in 1946. Maria, left with little money, struggled to support her surviving six children. She died five years later of a heart attack at the age forty-four.
Size of Photo: 28 x 21.5 cm approx