A couple of old gifs I colorized a long while ago. I was cleaning my messy computer and deleting all of the useless stuff when I found these gifs and wondered why I hadn’t posted them yet. But here you go. Featured in the film footage are the young Grand Duchesses of Russia, twelve-year-old Olga and nine-year-old Maria, and their baby brother, Tsarevich Alexei. Their father, Tsar Nicholas II, is seen in the background chatting with an officer. Filmed aboard the family’s Imperial yacht Standart, circa Summer 1908.


On 2nd September 1967, Prince Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand of the Netherlands was christened at Saint Jacob’s Church in The Hague. His godparents were his maternal grandfather–Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Gösta Freiin von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen, Ferdinand von Bismarck, former Prime Minister Jelle Zijlstra, jonkvrouw Renée Röell, and Margrethe– the (then) Hereditary Princess of Denmark.