We went to visit the Empress’s sister Victoria Battenberg, who was with Ella at Ilinskoe and is now staying for a second week with their Majesties. While we were sitting with Victoria, we were all called to take tea with their Majesties. Their four daughters came into the dining room and also – to the great joy of our children – the two year old Tsarevich. After going round the tea table and greeting everyone, he climbed onto his mother’s knee; Igor was sitting next to her, and the little heir willingly moved over onto his lap, calling him, as someone unknown ‘the new one.’ Then our boys and the imperial girls had a wonderful time romping with him on the floor. Ours were delighted.
An entry from KR’s diary, 13th/26th August 1906.
KR [Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich Romanov] was a first cousin of Alexander III, and his younger children were of an age with Nicholas and Alexandra’s children. Three of his sons, Ioann, Konstantin and Igor who is mentioned here, were murdered by the Bolsheviks at Alapaevsk on 18th July 1918.