Hello lovely ladies,
What a week it has been! For most people it has been a week of excitement and/or stress. Well, we have survived and here we are on Tuesday again.
First off is my postcard for today. I received it several weeks ago from Russia. It features Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the wife of emperor Nicholas I. (Painting by K.F. von Kugelchen, 1817).
In 1814 the Russian imperial family arranged her marriage – for political reasons – with Grand Duke Nicholas Pavlovich of Russia, who later became Emperor Nicholas I. The couple married on 1 July 1817. Upon her marriage, Charlotte took the Russian name Alexandra Feodorovna. Ideally matched with her husband, she had a happy marriage that produced a large family; seven of her children survived childhood.Following the death of her brother-in-law, Emperor Alexander I of Russia, in December 1825, Alexandra's husband became the new Russian emperor. Alexandra enjoyed her husband's confidence in affairs of state, but she had no interest in politics other than her personal attachment to Prussia, her native country. She was the obedient and admiring supporter of her husband's views. Her personality was completely overshadowed by Nicholas I's strong character. As empress, Alexandra Feodorovna had no interest in charity work. Her chief interests were in family affairs, dancing, balls and jewels. After 1841 her health deteriorated. She spent long sojourns abroad in search of a respite to her illness. As she became largely an invalid, Nicholas I took mistresses, but Alexandra retained her husband's love. She survived Nicholas I by five years and died in 1860.
The stamps are pretty too:
What's been happening in my little world? We are confined to our village and have an evening curfew. Sports facilities are closed. No gatherings allowed of more than 6 people. Masks in public compulsory.