nicholas ball

Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, in costume for the famous 1903 Winter Palace Masquerade ball. Nicholas is dressed as his ancestor and favorite Romanov ruler, Tsar Alexei I (who he named his only son after), while Alexandra is dressed as Alexei’s first wife, Maria Miloslavskaya. Image originally from Tatiana Z, colorized by me.

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Fairytales From all around the world - Anastasia ( Russia)

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.