"It is a long story that begins in the Crimea in 1917. My great-grandmother, Galina, was lady's maid to Maria Feodorovna, Dowager Empress of all Russia, the widow of Alexander 111. When the revolution came, Galina fled with her to the Crimea. Maria Feodorovna was there when the reports came that her son Nicholas and all the family were dead. She didn't believe it and never did."
"What happened next," Anne said.
"Things became worse, and they had to flee to England. She was the sister of the Dowager Queen Alexandra of England and her son, George V, sent the Royal Navy to get her."
"Yes. She stayed with the Empress, although many left. Years later, Maria Feodorovna returned to Denmark—you knew she was a Dane?"
"But Galina stayed in England. She met a man whom she wanted to marry. The Empress gave her the jewels when she returned to Denmark. The family assumed she was grateful that Galina stayed with her so long. They were Fabergé and valuable now."
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