The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia is a direct descendant of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Alexander II.
Her Imperial Highness wants to visit place of birth of her Grandmother - Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in memory of 140 years anniversary of Her birth.
Victoria was born on 25 November 1876 in San Anton Palace in Attard, Malta, hence her second name, Melita. Her father, who was stationed on the island as an officer in the Royal Navy, was Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of Queen Victoria. Her mother was Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna, the only surviving daughter of Alexander II of Russia and Marie of Hesse. The visit is supported by both the Maltese and Russian sides