November 11, 1899
Czar Nicholas II has employed a French nurse for his baby daughter, reports the Marquise de Fontenoy. This has caused a lot of excitement and attention because it is the "first instance on record of a foreinger being employed for this purpose by any reigning royal house."
The nurse was hired for Nicholas' second daughter, Grand Duchess Tatiana, as his eldest daughter, Grand Duchess Olga, was nursed by the young Empress herself. It was also the first time in history in Russia that "an Empress had nursed her own child." This was seen as the "inauguration of a new era in Russia," where even the "grave and ponderous London Times" devoted an entire column to the manner of the Empress' breastfeeding. She had received the "cordial support" from her grandmother, Queen Victoria, who had nursed all of her children, while her eldest daugher, Empress Friedrich, "followed her example."