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Russian Royalty

Russian Royalty

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The Romanov children, 1901-1906: Otma. Alexei. Olga. Tatiana. Marie. Anastasia. Standart.

Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918) Empress Consort of Russia.

Nicholas II and the Tsaritsa dressed as Alexis I and Maria Miloslavskaya, for the Winter Palace's last Imperial ball

I love this photo. You can tell it was taken by one of the family members.Livadia, 1913.

Imperial children were taught arithmetics, geography, history and religion, from languages they had to know Russian, English and French and the two elder girls knew a little German, but spoke it with difficulty. The younger ones and the Tsarevich did not know it at all. The language situation within the Imperial family was such that the Grand Duchesses spoke English to their mother and Russian to their father and brother. They used both and also French among themselves.

Since they were children the Grand Duchesses had a luncheon with their parents, even if there were guests present. Their table manners were very good and they talked quite easily to strangers. Lady-in-waiting baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden wrote: „They changed into romping clothes for the afternoon, but appeared again at tea time in their best frocks with their toys. Later the toys were replaced by needlework, for the Empress would never allow them to sit about idle.

Romanov sisters

The girls were usually dressed all alike, sometimes the Big pair wore one colour and the younger girls another one, clothing being chosen by their mother and the clothes outgrown by the elders were handed down to the younger girls. According to the tradition the girls didn´t wear long skirts until they were 16, when they were considered adults. At that age they also could cut off their long hair and choose their own dresses. The girls were usually dressed in a simple English fashion.

They didn´t wear much jewels, only for special occasions. In the day of her twelth birthday every Grand Duchess received a simple golden bracelet, which was then worn always day and night for „good luck“. Another Imperial tradition stated that every Grand Duchess should get a diamond and pearls necklace for her 16th birthday. Alexandra Fyodorovna, mother of four daughters, decided to give them one pearl and diamond on every birth and namedays, so they would have the precious stones.

Olga, Marie, Tatiana, and Alexandra

Nicholas II abdicated following the February Revolution of 1917 during which he and his family were imprisoned first in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, then later in the Governor's Mansion in Tobolsk, and finally at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. Nicholas II, his wife, his son, his four daughters, the family's medical doctor, the Emperor's footman, the Empress' maidservant, and the family's cook were killed in the same room by the Bolsheviks on the night of 16/17 July 1918.



Many myths existed over the fate of Anastasia. (Pictured as a toddler). Now scientists have proved that she was murdered on the night of July 16/17, 1918 with her entire family, along with three servants and Doctor Botkin. All were shot dead by the Bolshevicks.

Alix of Hesse, and by Rhine later Alexandra Feodorovna Romanova (6 June 1872—17 July 1918), was Empress consort of Russia as spouse of Nicholas II, last Emperor of the Russian Empire. Born a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the UK, she was given the name Alexandra Feodorovna upon being received into the Russian Orthodox Church, which canonized her as a saint in 2000. She is best remembered as the last Tsarina of Russia, and as one of the most famous royal carriers of the haemophilia disease.

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (Russian: Великая Княжна Анастасия Николаевна Романова, Velikaya Knyazhna Anastasiya Nikolayevna Romanova) (June 18 [O.S. June 5] 1901 – July 17, 1918), was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russ...

Nicholas and a pregnant Alexandra (1895).

The Grand Duchesses playing the park at Tsarkoe Selo. How ridiculously adorable is Anastasia in her enormous hat?

Elizaveta Fedorovna (Elizabeth Romanova), a German princess in 1880’s-90’s Russia, where she married the fifth son of Tsar Alexander II. She was said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe. Her husband was killed by a bomb in 1905. A champion of the poor, she became a nun after her husband's murder. Arrested and buried alive 1918 by the Red Army. Canonized in 1981.

Grand Duchess Olga, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse, Grand Duchess Tatiana. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse was first cousins to the Grand Duchesses and died while on holiday with them at age 8 of virulent typhoid. Click on the photograph to be redirected to a wonderful article about her.

Grand Duchesses Olga Nikolaevna (1895-1918), Tatiana Nikolaevna (1897-1918) and Maria Nikolaevna (1899-1918) Romanova of Russia in 1900. children of Aleksandra and Csar Nicholas II

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, 1904.

The Imperial Children in Livadia....

Lovely informal photo of the czar and czarina. Very much in love.

Grand Duchess of Russia Maria and her brother Tzarevitch Alexei

emperor nicholas II, empress alexandra & emperor wilhelm II