ROMANOV FAMILY IN ROMANIA: PHOTOS COME TO LIFE
This is such an amazing piece of history, that I feel like this photograph and video deserve their very own page.
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:
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: