ROMANOV FAMILY: ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS. TATIANA ROMANOV. 18 JULY, 1914.

ROMANOV FAMILY: ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS. TATIANA ROMANOV. 18 JULY, 1914. 

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Grand Duchess Tatiana Romanov in 1914

Tatiana Romanov wrote this entry just prior to Russia’s involvement in World War I, so this was her last “normal” pre-war diary entry.  Life would never be the same again after this day.

18 July – Friday.  In the morning four [of us] rode [our] bicycles in the garden. Ran a little on the giant steps . Sat in my [room] and worked and read. Had breakfast 5 with Papa and Mama. In the afternoon 4 walked with Papa. In the morning Papa had a meeting with the Council of Ministers. Had tea 4 with Papa and Mama, and A[unt] Olga . Spoke on the telephone with N.P. and N.N. , [I] was awfully glad. Later, 4 with Mama rode to Podvoriye . Tomorrow is the feast of St. Serafim. Anya was there and Lili Dehn . We left the auto near the house. Dropped off Lili at her [house] and sat there a little. Her little one is such a darling. Had dinner 4 with Mama and Papa. Spoke again with N.P.  Mama is very tired in all respects.”

From the book Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918

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