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Princess Xenia Leeds at her wedding. She would invite Anna Anderson, the most famous Anastasia claimant, to her estate at Oyster Bay in an attempt to discover her authenticity. She concluded Anderson was her cousin Anastasia. This put her at odds with her namesake Grand Duchess Xenia (Tsar Nicholas II's sister) along with most of the Romanov family, with a couple of notable exceptions.

Weddings of the Romanovs

She saved many in the Holocaust.

Irena Sendler - Dealing with Challenge

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was a Russian Empire ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She is widely regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history and was most noted as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.

My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck By Lightning

catherine the great

Princess Irina Alexandrovna (1895-1970) Russia by Edward Steichen, 1924. Only daughter of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia & Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia. Wife of Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov (1887-1967) Russia.

Princess Irina with her brother Dmitri (children of Xenia & Sandro)

Princess Xenia of Russia

Philip Alexius de Laszlo - Painter of Royalty

Princess Irina Alexandrovna Yusupov

Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.

Imagen de ruso. Princesa Irina Alexandrovna de Rusia. Sobrina del Zar Nicolás II y esposa del príncipe Félix Yousupov, 1930. Su marido mató a Rasputín.

Romanov Tsars

Princess Zinaida Yussupova, who would grow up to be one of the most beautiful women of Imperial Russia.

VelkokneznaMaria (Alenka) on deviantART

Felix and Irina Yusupov. They both survived the revolution. Felix was born into one of the most wealthy and influential families in Russia. He married the niece of the Tsar. Her mother was Xenia Alexandrovich Romanovna. It was Felix who was a principal player in the assassination of Rasputin.


Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Nicholas I, nee Charlotte of Prussia, daughter of Frederick William III and Queen Louise

Closeup of 15-year-old Anastasia that shows how long her hair was in 1916

lambchops sing along

I'm Remembering!

Prince Felix Yusupov by Linse. The Yusupovs were the wealthiest family in Russia. They owned dozens of estates and palaces and Prince Felix Yusupov was married to the niece of Tsar Nicholas II, Irina Alexandrovna. The prince is best remembered for his involvement in the murder of the mad monk Rasputin in the Yusupov family’s palace in St Petersburg. He was able to escape to Paris in 1917, taking many fine family jewels.

Books by Felix Yusupov - "Lost Splendour" etc

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (she is 21 years old) in her Russian Court dress. 1885.

The last Empress of Russia, Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna Romanova, nee Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine (1872-1918), consort of Nicholas II., seen here in full court dress, year 1906.

Russian royalty by VelkokneznaMaria on deviantART

ohsoromanov: “ Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia aboard the Imperial yacht Standardt in 1908 or 1909. Source: Beinecke Library ”

Assassination of Grigory Rasputin

Assassination of Paul I of Russia