ROMANOV FAMILY: FIRST CHRISTMAS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

ROMANOV FAMILY: FIRST CHRISTMAS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE

Christmas tree “upstairs” at the Alexander Palace
Since 1904 Christmas holidays were celebrated at the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo. Because the children’s rooms were on the second floor of the palace, on 24 December, the Christmas tree was set up for the first time “upstairs”. That same day, in the evening, the entire family rode to see Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna at Gatchina Palace.  There, after vsenoshnaya, they had a general Yolka [Christmas party] downstairs. Around 11 at night, Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna returned to Tsarskoe Selo, where they had “our own Yolka, in Alix’s new room”. 
 

Read more ROMANOV FAMILY: FIRST CHRISTMAS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE

ROMANOV FAMILY: RUSSIAN TRADITIONAL DOLLS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

ROMANOV FAMILY: RUSSIAN TRADITIONAL DOLLS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE

Dolls acquired in Paris.
 
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. 
 

Read more ROMANOV FAMILY: RUSSIAN TRADITIONAL DOLLS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE

THE ROMANOV FAMILY: LAST PRAYER SERVICE AT THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
THE ROMANOV FAMILY: LAST PRAYER SERVICE AT THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE
Testimony of Father [Protoirei] Ioann Storozhev (as given to investigator Nikolai Sokolov)
Father [Protoirei] Ioann Storozhev, who performed the last prayer service to the Romanov family at “The House of Special Purpose”

 

Around 8 o’clock in the morning on 14 July, a soldier came to see me, and requested I serve obednitza at the Ipatiev house. At 10 o’clock, I was already at the Ipatiev house with deacon Buimirov. Inside, behind the fence, at the bottom of stairs and inside the house, there were lots of armed young men, standing on guard. When we entered the commandant’s room, we saw disorder, dust and mess. Yurovsky was sitting at the table, drinking tea and eating bread with butter. Another man was sleeping on the bed, fully dressed. Having entered the room, I said to Yurovsky: “The clergy was invited here, so here we are. What do we need to do?” Yurovsky directly stared at me without a greeting, and said “Wait here, then you will serve obednitza” I asked “Obednya or obednitza?” “He wrote obednitza”, said Yurovsky. Read more THE ROMANOV FAMILY: LAST PRAYER SERVICE AT THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE.

EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna with her son Alexei. A gold band bracelet can clearly be seen on her right wrist.

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 wearing this bracelet on her wrist for 20 years,  and now there is an attempt to forcibly remove it. Taking into account that all the daughters were wearing the same bracelets, and that these bracelets did not seem to have any special value, I left it alone.”    

Read more EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS

PRINCE IOANN KONSTANTINOVICH AND GRAND DUCHESSES OLGA NIKOLAEVNA?

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

PRINCE IOANN KONSTANTINOVICH AND GRAND DUCHESSES OLGA NIKOLAEVNA?

There have been several potential candidates mentioned for the hand of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, but according to a 1910 letter from Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich (KR) to his son Prince Ioann, the latter was at one point interested in the Tsar’s eldest daughter romantically.   

Read more PRINCE IOANN KONSTANTINOVICH AND GRAND DUCHESSES OLGA NIKOLAEVNA?

ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA

OTMA: Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia.
 
From the memoirs of Sofia Yakovlevna Ofrosimova:

Read more ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA