Helen Azar

 

Grand Duchesse Maria and Grand Duchess Anastasia performing a play for the Romanov family in Tobolsk.
Grand Duchess Maria and Grand Duchess Anastasia performing in a play in 1912.

One of few entertainments the Romanov family had in captivity in Tobolsk, especially during the cold winter months when they could not go outside, was putting on plays. The youngest imperial children were especially enthusiastic about dressing up and memorizing the lines, and had a lot of fun doing it. Grand Duchess Olga was in charge of writing out the scripts and . Some of these scripts written in her hand survived and are currently kept at the Russian archives in Moscow. (more…)

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Helen Azar
Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra in 1898
Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra in 1898

Romanov family x-rays:  

In the winter of 1898 Dr H.H. Horne brought his X-Ray machine to the imperial palace in St Petersburg at the request of Tsar Nicholas II. Having heard about this cutting edge invention, the Tsar of Russia was curious to see and experience it in person.

Mrs Horne, who was also present during the photographic session, often liked to tell the story of how she accidentally bumped into Nicholas II after the X-Ray equipment overloaded the palace‚Äôs electrical system immersing them into complete darkness. (more…)

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