Near Ostend, the plane crashes, in unclear circumstances even to this day, and they all perish in the flames.
One of the duchesses, pregnant, probably gave birth prematurely when the plane crashed, because among the remains found were those of a newborn baby.
For a century even better, a cruel fatality was constantly following the ducal family of Hesse.
The first important member of the family died of a mysterious disease that kept him in bed for more than 30 years.
Some of his children died unexpectedly due to hemophilia, a disease without a cure.
For a short time, the misfortunes seemed to have gone awry and one of the princesses of Hesse, Elisabeth, is having a brilliant marriage.
She became the wife of the Grand Duke Sergei, the uncle of Tsar Nicholas II.
But in February 1905, the great duke, in the exercise of his function as governor of the Capital, perished under a bomb dropped by a nihilist.
Elisabeth of Hesse gathers with her hands the remains of the one with whom the Grand Duke Sergius was a few moments before, and retires, after a few weeks, to a monastery.
She did not leave the monastery until 1918, to be executed with the imperial family, along with the last empress of Russia, who was her sister, born Alice of Hesse.
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