ROMANOV FAMILY: RUSSIAN TRADITIONAL DOLLS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE

ROMANOV FAMILY: RUSSIAN TRADITIONAL DOLLS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE     Tsarskoe Selo Museum had recently acquired at a Paris auction these eight rare dolls wearing Russian and Ukrainian traditional costumes. The dolls were created in 1896 to commemorate the official visit of the young ruling Romanov family to France.   …

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NIKOLAI DEMENKOV TO GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA (LAST LETTER)

  NIKOLAI DEMENKOV TO GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA (LAST LETTER)    Linear ship “Empress Maria”. 18 July, 1916. Sevastopol.  Your Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna!   Loyally I dare to report a significant day in the life of our ship: on the 9th July we took first military shots at the…

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EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS

EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS   Yakov Yurovsky: “Alexandra Feodorovna loudly expressed her displeasure when I wanted to remove from her wrist a gold bracelet that was tightly fastened there and which was impossible to remove without the help of some tool. She announced that she has been…

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ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA

ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA   From the memoirs of Sofia Yakovlevna Ofrosimova:    “Behind me I can hear the ringing of bells… I turn and see a slowly moving familiar troika. In the sleigh are four [young] Grand Duchesses with Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna. The sleigh is sliding on the…

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MARIA ROMANOV: STRANGE EPISODE WITH BREAKING WINDOWS (THE CAPRICE)

MARIA ROMANOV: STRANGE EPISODE OF BREAKING WINDOWS (THE CAPRICE)   In a 1915 letter from Grand Duchess Maria to her father, she described a very strange episode of the grand duchesses breaking glass panels with their parasols on the Caprice overpass in Alexander Park. “15 September… We walked to the Caprice…

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GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA: BRETHREN CEMETERY OF TSARSKOE SELO

GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA: BRETHREN CEMETERY OF TSARSKOE SELO   In 1914, soon after the start of the First World War, near the Kazan Cemetery, a special section of land was assigned for burial of deceased soldiers from Tsarskoe Selo infirmaries. Originally the cemetery contained 400 graves and was named…

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