Grand Duchess Tatiana, Alexandra Feodorovna, Maria, Anastasia, Nicholas II and Olga.


    Barton Manor, 4 August 1909:
    (Back row) Prince Edward of Wales; Queen Alexandra; Princess Mary; Princess Victoria; Grand Duchess Olga and Grand Duchess Tatiana.
    (Front row) the Princess of Wales (Mary); the Tsar (Nicholas II); King Edward VII; the Tsaritsa (Alexandra); the Prince of Wales (George); Grand Duchess Maria.
    (On the ground) the Tsarevitch Alexei and Grand Duchess Anastasia. 






    Grand Duchesses Tatiana, Anastasia, Olga and Maria with Tsarevich Alexei. 



    Tsar Nicholas II with Alexandra Feodorovna and Alexei.


    From left to right: Maria, Olga, Alexandra, Anastasia and Tatiana.


    Nicholas and Alexandra, 1914. Standart.





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    The Romanov Family’s Alphabet v.2 - U is for Uniform (Regimental).

    When a Russian Grand Duchess by birth reached 14 years of age, she would be assigned to a regiment as a senior officer. The eldest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, became Colonel-in-Chief of the 3rd Elizavetgradsky Hussar’s Regiment in 1909. Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna was assigned the Vosnesensky Hussars in 1911, Maria the 5th Kazansky Dragoons in 1913, and Anastasia the 148th Kaspiansky Infantry in 1915. Due to the breakout of WWI, unfortunately for us, Anastasia never had the chance to be photographed in her regimental uniform.




    The Romanov Family’s Alphabet v.2 - T is for Tercentenary.

    “The morning of March 6, 1913, was cloudy in Saint Petersburg - leaden would be a better word to describe the heavy skies, the mist, the torrents of rain and occasional roll of thunder that broke over the city on what was meant to be a day of national rejoicing, the tercentenary of the Romanov dynasty.

    Three hundred years before, at a sixteenth-century monastery on the banks of the Volga River, a deputation of princes, warriors, boyars and clergy had hailed Michael Romanov, the teenage nephew-by-marriage of the late Ivan the Terrible, as the new tsar of Russia, thus putting to an end the twenty years of civil strife known as the Time of Troubles.

    Cossacks, lancers, cavalry, dragoons, scarlet-clad trumpeters, and teams of prancing white horses did nothing the dispel the general gloom. Neither did the gravity of the tsar’s expression nor the appearance of his son, Tsarevich Alexei, the eight-year-old heir to the throne who had to be carried during the celebration. The child’s left leg was bent at the knee which was due to the 1912 accident in Spała, crippled beyond any attempt to hide it. That the Tsarevich was ill was known, but the nature of his illness remained a mystery to all but the immediate family.

    Immediately behind the tsar, his wife, and his mother the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, stood the tsar’s daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, teenage girls of particular loveliness. There was hardly a soul in St. Petersburg who could have distinguished one of the girls from the other, so sheltered were their lives. For the rest of that tercentenary spring, the sun saw fit to shine on the Romanovs, at least when it came to official appearances.

    In May, the imperial family took a week-long boat trip along the Volga, retracing the journey of the first Romanov tsar from Kostroma, where he had been called to the throne, to Moscow, the ancient capital and spiritual heart of Russia. In the winter of 1913 the dowager empress gave a brilliant ball at the Anichkov Palace for the tsar’s eldest two daughters the Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana, who danced till four in the morning. But when the proud father took his daughters home on the last train from town, he unknowingly brought down the curtain on the girls’ first and last appearance in St. Petersburg society.”

    → Peter Kurth - Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra.




    Great photo of the White Flower Day, in Livadia, a picture from the same time is the link below, also, it has an explanation!


    Woot Woot!




    Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia, 1899-1918.



    OTMA Romanov in 1914 …





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    Happy 117th Birthday, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna!




    Today is Grand Duchess Olga’s 117th birthday. It was the story of Anastasia that piqued my interested in the Romanovs, but as I have “gotten to know” Olga, she has become my favorite by far.

    Anna Vyrubova said of her “Olga was perhaps the cleverest of the girls, her mind being so quick to grasp ideas, so absorbent of knowledge that she learned almost without application or close study. Had she been allowed to live her natural life she would, I believe, have become a woman of influence and distinction.”



    First photo : OTM with nannies

    second photo : Tatiana with Alix



    Anastasia on swing
    In left:
    The girl with the equal hat of anastasia probably is Olga, Tatiana or Maria ,and the lady on front is Alexandra ,I think …



    „The Grand Duchesses were fast leaving childhood behind them and blossoming into charming girls; they did not greatly resemble one another, each was a type apart, but all were equally lovely in disposition. I cannot believe that any men so inhuman existed as those who, it is said, shot and stabbed those defenceless creatures in the house of death at Ekaterinburg. Apart from their beauty, their sweetness should have pleaded for them, but, if it is true that they have “passed,” then surely no better epitaph could be theirs than the immortal words, “Lovely and pleasant were they in their lives, and in their death they were not divided.” - Lily Dehn





    Anastasia Nikolaevna



    Tatiana and Olga …



    OTMA ,Alix and others eating …




    The Romanov Family’s Alphabet v.2 - V is for Victorian Era.

    The Victorian era of British history was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign beginning from 20 June 1837 to 22 January 1901. The era was preceded by the Georgian period and followed by the Edwardian period. Victoria’s granddaughter, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, was pregnant with Grand Duchess Anastasia when the Queen died in 1901, thus marking the end of the Victorian Era.







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    Hey, ohsoromanov, I have a picture like you posted saying to be a rare photo of Anastasia and Alexei, sorry only for the quality, but the size, I think, already compensates somewhat …



    Tsarevitch Alexeï with officers.



    The Romanovs in 1901 …




    Emperor Nicholas II of Russia with his five children: Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexei. Photograph taken at Mogilev, 1916.



    Happy birthday my dear Olga N. R.



    A video for the birthday of Olga …
    … this video is not mine, and when I watched, I saw that its creator has scored some pictures of Olga wrong, but the video is very beautiful!!

    posted 4 days ago



    The Romanov Family’s Alphabet v.2 - W is for War.

    The opening of the war was greeted in Russia, as everywhere else in Europe, with overwhelming enthusiasm in an orgy of nationalist feeling that took even the participants by surprise. Tens of thousands of people feel to their knees outside the Winter Palace and sang the Imperial hymn when Nicholas and Alexandra appeared to greet them on the balcony on the day that war was declared.

    The war brought out the best and the worst in Alexandra and Nicholas both - the best in their sincere and absolute dedication to the cause of Russia’s victory and the relief of her suffering soldiers, the worst in their failure to see that war could not be an answer to Russia’s problems at home. Within a month of the formal declaration, the tsar left for the first of many tours of his army’s headquarters. The tsar was never happier than when he was with military men.

    Alexandra threw herself into nursing work, taking her daughters and friend Anya with her. Some of the imperial palaces in St. Petersburg had been converted into hospitals. After two months of intensive training, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana, and Anya were certified as qualified nurses, while the younger grand duchesses, Marie and Anastasia, were established as “patronesses” at a smaller hospital in Tsarskoe Selo.

    During the summer and fall of 1916, Alexandra and her four daughters made several trips to the Army’s headquarters at Mogilev. By late 1916 Russia was reaching the point of no return. On the stalemated eastern front thousands upon thousands of young Russian men continued to die in a war that now seemed pointless. Away from the fighting, the country was falling into economic chaos. The following months would bring the death of Rasputin, revolution, and the tsar’s abdication.

    The Revolution came like the death of a friend who had been “lying sick for years and years,” according to Sydney Gibbes, the English tutor of the imperial children. It was neither unavoidable or unexpected, yet it took everyone by surprise. It was “a quite unbelievable event,” recalled Gibbes, and “a sad, sad time for all concerned.”

    → Peter Kurth - Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra.




    Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, daughters of the last Russian Tsar. Seen in the above photographs in 1914, they would be all brutally murdered only four years later.

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