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Starting at the end of the 18th century, all foreign princesses who married Russian princes were given the patronymic of â??Fedorovnaâ?? when they were baptized in the Orthodox faith. This was in honor of the official family icon of the Romanovâ??s Fedorovskaya Theotokos. .Some examples were the wife of Pavel I, Alexandra Fedorovna, wife of Nikolai I, Maria Feodorovna and the wife of Nikolai II, Alexandra Fedorovna.

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