Once again there are unofficial reports that Grand Duke Kirill of Russia is to marry the divorced Grand Duchess Victoria Melita of Hesse and by Rhine, reports the New York Times.
The Grand Duke and Nicholas II are first cousins, as their fathers were brothers. Princess Victoria Melita is their first cousin, as well, as her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna is the only daughter of Alexander II, and sister to the late Alexander III and Grand Duke Vladimir, Kirill's father.
Victoria Melita's former husband, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, is the older brother of the Empress Alexandra. All three are grandchildren of Queen Victoria.