"I found the enclosed money in Maud’s safe and I divided it between you and Olga [Xenia’s sister] guessing that she at times helped you in one way or another, so don’t thank me for it, but thank Maud as I feel I am only carrying out her wish by passing to you two… Olga will get hers when I get a chance of sending it in a safe way." 

- King Haakon VII writing to Grand Duchess Xenia of Russia after the death of Queen Maud of Norway; she had been putting money aside for the Grand Duchesses since the Russian Revolution had destroyed their lives, killed their family and taken away their homes (from Born to Rule; p. 369-370)


The Russian Imperial family. Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei.

Colorized by: National Geographic ChannelApocalypse World War I.


Hahaha, Cristiano annoying the hell out of Irina yesterday and in the end he got his kiss anyway ;) Love these two sooo much. Perfect for eachother ♥

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The Romanovs and their palaces. Александровский дворец | Alexander Palace | Russia | Pushkin town (Tsarskoe Selo) | 24 kilometers (15 mi) south from the center of St. Petersburg.

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The Alexander Palace was presented as a gift by Catherine the Great for her favorite grandson, Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich, the future emperor Alexander I of Russia on the occasion of his marriage to Grand Duchess Elizaveeta Alexeevna, born Princess Luise Marie Augusta of Baden. The palace construction was completed in May of 1796, and in June the Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich, his spouse and his court moved into the new Palace. The Palace in the classical style is considered to be the pearl among the creations of Quarenghi and one of the main masterpieces in the world. The art-critic I.E.Grabar wrote that “there are palaces bigger and more regal, but there is no palace which architecture is more beautiful”. In the center of the main northern façade is a magnificent Corinthian colonnade passage consisting of two rows of columns. In 1838 two sculptures were placed in front of the colonnade. A.S. Pushkin immortalized these sculptures in his poems. In the early XX century, during the reign of Nicholas II, the Alexander Palace was the main residence and a summer dacha for the Imperial Family, but it became a real home for the last Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna during the last 13 years of their reign. The Alexander Palace was the focus of court life: here are accepted after, celebrated the 300th anniversary of the House of Romanov and the 200th anniversary of Tsarskoye Selo. From this palace the family of Nicholas II was sent into exile in Tobolsk. (x) (x)

Николай II и его дочки Татьяна Николаевна и Ольга Николаевна.

Nicholas II and his daughters Tatiana Nikolaevna, Olga Nikolaevna.

(zoom, from the albums of Tatiana Zakhryapina).

get to know me meme || (01/10) tiaras/parures: The Russian Kokoshnik Tiara

Also sometimes known as Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara because it was made for Alexandra of Denmark back when she was Princess of Wales in 1888. It was a silver wedding gift from The Ladies of Society to the future Queen and it was presumably modelled after one of Alexandra’s sister, Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia’s many kokoshniks (a traditional, Russian headdress made out of fabric but usually heavily bejewelled at the Russian Court). It was made by Garrard and consists of 488 diamonds. Today it is in the possession of Alexandra’s great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who holds the tiara as a favourite of all the tiaras in her collection.

My blood run colds when I think of her, placed on that very unsafe throne. The state of Russia is so bad, so rotten, that at any moment something dreadful might happen. And the wife of heir to the throne is in a most difficult and precarious position.
—  Queen Victoria on her thoughts about Alix of Hesse (her granddaughter) marrying Nicholas
On 14 July 1918, a priest came to say Mass at the Ipatiev household, assisted by a deacon; both found the family looking especially worried. A sense of foreboding hung in the room. When the deacon began changing the prayer, “Rest in peace with the Saints,” the whole family fell to their knees, overcome by emotion-one of the girls sobbing.

Born to Rule, p. 270 

The Romanov imperial family knew the end was near.. 

Российская Императорская семья. Николай II, его жена Александра Фёдоровна и их дочки Ольга, Татьяна, Мария, Анастасия (1901 год).

The Russian Imperial family. Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their daughters Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia (1901).