There was a time, not very long ago, when we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. The year was ninteen hundred and sixteen and my son Nicholas was the Czar of Imperial Russia. We were celebrating the 300th anniversary of our family’s rule. And, that night, no star burned brighter than that of our sweet Anastasia, my youngest granddaughter. She begged me not to return to Paris, so I had a very special gift made for her, to make the separation easier - for both of us.
In 1916, Tsar Nicholas II hosts a ball at the Catherine Palace to celebrate the Romanov tricentennial. His mother, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna, gives a music box and a necklace inscribed with the words “Together in Paris” as parting gifts to her youngest granddaughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia.The ball is interupted by Rasputin who curses the royal family which leads to the uprising of the nation and the murder of the whole royal family except for the Empress Marie and Anastasia.10 years after the revolution Anastasia has grown up in an orphanage, under the name of Anya and doesn’t remember who she is.She wants to go to Paris to find her family, and so joins up with two con artists, Dimitri and Vlad, who realise that she really resembles the princess and would be a perfect candidate to fool the grandmother into giving them the reward for finding Anastasia.Later they discover that Anastasia is actually the princess and she finally reunites with her family.
From left to right, standing: Alexandra, Princess of Wales; Prince Waldemar of Denmark; Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia; Tsar Nicholas II of Rusia; Queen Louise of Denmark; Princess Victoria of Wales holding Prince Viggo of Denmark; Marie, Princess Waldemar of Denmark.
Seated: Prince Aage of Denmark; King Christian IX of Denmark holding Princess Margarete of Denmark; Empress Alexandra Feodorovna holding Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaievna of Russia; Prince Erik and Prince Axel of Denmark.
The Crown of the Emperor, the Orb and Scepter which features the enormous Orlov Diamond given as a gift to Catherine the Great.
The smaller crown would have been worn by the Empress. The last Empress crowned with this crown was Marie Feodorovna, who refused to give precedence to her daughter in law at her son’s coronation. A new crown was made for Empress Alexandra.
Timofey Ksenofontovich Yaschik,Cossack bodyguard firstly to Tsar Nicholas ll of Russia,then his mother,the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia.He was able to escape from Russia,accompanying the Empress to Denmark.