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Maria Nikolaevna and her little brother Alexei, circa 1907 OTMA's Camera

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna and Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich.

Here is a photo of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna and her brother's hand, circa 1910. All of the Grand Duchesses were very attached to their brother, especially Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, who was closest to him in age. Whenever Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich was ill, the girls could not hide their concern. “My pupils betrayed it in a mood of melancholy they tried in vain to conceal. When I asked them the cause, they answered evasively that Alexis Nicolaievich was not well.”

Grand Duchess of Russia Maria and her brother Tzarevitch Alexei

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich and their nanny.