A few days afterwards, a children’s party was held, and the Grand Duke Constantine’s children were amongst the guests. One of them, having reached twelve years of age, had been put into the Corps de Cadets, and came in his uniform. He wanted to kiss his little cousin Maria, but she put her hand over her mouth and drew back from the embrace. “Go away, soldier,” said she, with great dignity. “I don’t kiss soldiers.” The boy was greatly delighted at being taken for a real soldier, and not a little amused at the same time.
-Six Years at the Russian Court