ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: NICHOLAS II – 30 MARCH, 1914.
From the 1914 diary of Nicholas II:
30th March. Palm Sunday. Woke up to a happy sunny morning. At 10 o’cl. obednya started, then review of the command and early breakfast. At 12 1/2, [we] exited Sevastopol with a salute from the squadron and the fortress. “Almaz”, “Kagul” escorted by four large destroyers. Across from Balaklav, the destroyer “Bespokoiny” caught up and passed us, with Grigorovich on the way to Yalta; ran into it again near Simeyiz, moving on average at 28 knot speed. Approached the mall at 4 o’cl. There awaiting us, among many others, were – Kostya, Mavra and Mitya – wonderful guard of honor – from my company of the Kabardinsky Regiment. Around 5 o’cl. [we] disembarked from the yacht and headed to Livadia. Here the sea was colder than in Sevastopol, despite the sun. All the fruit trees are blooming and many others are green. At the palace, the guard of honor – from my company of the Emperor Alexander III 16th sharpshooter regiment. Went to church for molebna. Had tea. Reviewed things burned and ruined by the fire in the freight train on the way here. Took a short walk around here, in Oreanda. Unpacked my things and straightened up the rooms. Had dinner with O. and T. Such a blessing to be back in Crimea.