The Romanov family at Battle of Borodino anniversary celebrations
Click on photo to enlarge. The Romanov family and the imperial suite arriving in Moscow for the anniversary celebrations of 1912. Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna followed by their daughters Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, and other members of the suite. All are walking down the train platform after arriving at Borodino station. On the right is Count Vladimir Borisovich Fredericks, Minister of the imperial court, who was very close to Nicholas II.


The Battle of Borodino occurred on 7 September, 1812 just outside of Moscow city gates. It is considered to be the bloodiest of all Napoleonic war battles. The French won it technically, but were not able to enter the ancient Russian capital city nor to destroy General Kutuzov’s army.

As part of 100th anniversary celebrations in 1912, the Romanov family arrived in Moscow. Emperor Nicholas II and his daughters visited the exhibition at the Museum of the Year 1812, in the halls of the Imperial History Museum. In late afternoon they headed to the Chistoprudny Boulevard to see the panorama of the Borodino battle. After a detailed review of the panorama, Nicholas II and the imperial party visited the Kremlin. Read more ROMANOV FAMILY: BATTLE OF BORODINO ANNIVERSARY