ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: NICHOLAS II – 17 APRIL, 1904.
From the 1904 diary of Nicholas II:
17th April. Saturday. At 10 o’cl. Left Petersburg with Misha (on duty). When [we] arrived at Tsarskoe Selo the sun peeked out and the weather got warmer. At 12 o’cl.on the square of the Grand Palace there was a parade of the 1st and 2nd sharpshooter battalions and the 6th Don battery. All the parts presented excellently.