ROMANOV FAMILY IN ROMANIA: PHOTOS COME TO LIFE

ROMANOV FAMILY IN ROMANIA: PHOTOS COME TO LIFE

The Romanov family on a visit to Romania. Grand Duchess Olga is on the far right holding a baby. Grand Duchess Maria is towards the left of the photograph. In the footage, as soon as this photograph is taken she gets up, walks over to Olga and takes the baby from her. GRand Duchess Tatiana is in the center, and Grand Duchess Anastasia is standing in back row.
The Romanov family on a visit to Romania. Grand Duchess Olga is on the far right holding a baby. Grand Duchess Maria is on the left of the photograph. In the footage, as soon as this photograph was taken she got up and rushed over to Olga to take the baby from her. Grand Duchess Tatiana is in the center with Princess Ileana of Romania on her lap, and Grand Duchess Anastasia is standing in back row.

This is such an amazing piece of history, that I feel like this photograph and video deserve their very own page.

Background story:   

In the summer of 1914, just prior to the outbreak of the First World War, the Romanov family boarded their imperial yacht “The Standart” and sailed to Constantza, Romania.  The idea was to continue to pursue the idea of a diplomatic marriage between the royal houses of Russia and Romania.

Grand Duchess Olga, Tsar Nicholas II’s eldest daughter, had reached marriageable age and would have made a good match for Carol, the eldest son of the Crown Prince and Princess of Romania. Earlier, the Romanian royal family visited the Romanovs at Tsarskoe Selo for several days, but no engagement between the couple was announced at the time. The of the 1914 state visit was to give it another try.

However, Grand Duchess Olga was not interested in the Romanian prince, she insisted that she did not wish to leave her beloved Russia or change her nationality, as she would be forced to do if she married Carol. The idea of the Romanian marriage was abandoned with Russia’s embarkation on World War I, and Grand Duchess Olga remained unmarried.

A different version of this photograph:

Romanov family posing with the royal family of Romania on their 1916 state visit. Grand Duchess Olga is on the far right holding a baby. Grand Duchess Maria is on the left, Grand Duchess Tatiana is in the center and Grand Duchess Anastasia is standing in back row.
Romanov family posing with the royal family of Romania on their 1914 state visit. Grand Duchess Olga is on the far right holding a baby. Grand Duchess Maria is on the left, Grand Duchess Tatiana is in the center and Grand Duchess Anastasia is standing in back row.

 

See the above photographs come to life below!

See the full footage of the Romanov family visit to Romania, with a much longer video of the group photograph being taken:

 

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