This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


Aerial view of the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, taken by a drone.


The blue fence surrounding the palace was erected shortly after the building closed for restoration in the autumn of 2015. The palace-museum will partially reopen this summer, featuring a new exhibition dedicated to the house arrest of Nicholas II and his family, and their exile to Siberia in August 1917.

A wing of the Catherine Palace can be seen in the upper right; the former kitchen building of the Alexander Palace can be seen to the left; and the Children’s Island can be seen to the right of the palace.

The Facade Pond can be seen in the forefront, directly behind the palace is the New Garden, which leads to the Chinese Village and the Chapelle – both of which can be seen in the distance.

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This Week in the News includes a link and brief summary to full-length articles published in the past week from English language media and internet sources.

This initiative is a courtesy to those who do not have a Facebook account, or for some reason cannot view the Royal Russia Facebook page – now, with more than 132,000 followers from around the world!

Royal Russia is pleased to offer our dedicated followers with the following full-length articles, on a variety of topics covering the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia, for the two weeks ending 27 January 2018:

ARTICLES [Click on red text below to read the full article]

Sunday, 21 January – marked the 95th birthday of Prince Andrew Andreevich Romanov (born 21 January 1923)

Prince Andrew is now the eldest male descendant of the Romanov dynasty. He is a grand-nephew of Emperor Nicholas II (1868-1918), and a great-great-grandson in the male line of Emperor Nicholas I (1796-1855).

Prince Andrew is the author of ‘The Boy Who Would be Tsar. The Art of Prince Andrew Romanoff’, published in 2006. Today, Prince Andrew lives in Inverness, California with his wife, artist Inez Storer.

This article about Prince Andrew was written by Ivan Matveyev (in Russian), includes 14 photos + video

Check out Russia’s 10 most ancient cities

These age-old settlements might not trump ‘The Eternal City’ but they certainly give it a good run for its money. Boris Egorov reports in RBTH.

Global Arts & Antiques Now Discovers a Great Collection of Imperial Russian Antiques

Check the links in this article to view beautiful pieces of Faberge, Russian silver and enamel, etc.

4 ad campaigns from the Russian Empire that will blow your mind

Trolling, fake news, product placement, and vending machines: All of these methods were used in 19th century Russian ads in a unique way. Georgy Manaev reports in RBTH.

The vanishing treasures of the Russian North: The village of Paltoga + 10 PHOTOS

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield writes in RBTH, about the site’s unique churches face collapse without restoration.

5 mysterious stories involving Russia’s royal jewellery + 9 Photos

From the collections of Catherine the Great to Elizabeth II, these jewels have backstories packed with power, passion, love, and blood. Irina Osipova writes in RBTH.

Auction: Rolls Royce of Tsar Nicholas II

On one of the specialized sites for selling cars appeared rare Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1914. The current owner, claims that the car belonged to Nicholas II and is now in Berlin. This same automobile has previously been auctioned on more than one occasion, it’s provenance being questioned by many over the years.

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All good things must come to an end . . .

Today was the last day of the exhibition ‘The Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo and the Romanovs’ at the Tsaritsyno Palace Museum in Moscow.

The exhibition which marked the 220th anniversary of the Alexander Palace, opened in the halls of the Grand Palace at Tsaritsyno on 29 June 2016.

The exhibition told the story of the last imperial residence and its August owners – beginning with the Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich, the future of Alexander I, and ending with Emperor Nicholas II, featuring more than 1,000 items from the Alexander Palace collection at Tsarskoye Selo.

The rare historical exhibits will now be packed and returned to Tsarskoye Selo, where they will become part of the permanent exhibition in the new multi-museum complex in the Alexander Palace, which will partially open to the public this summer.

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Chaumet takes inspiration from Imperial Russia with Promenades Impériales high jewellery

Joseph Chaumet travelled in 1914 for the wedding of Princess Irina, niece of Tsar Nicholas II. There he amassed not just a roster of clients including the Imperial Romanovs, but also a variety of inspirations from the Empire.

Russian film on czarist love story banned in Ukraine

The decision was taken because of participation in the film of a musician whom the Ukrainian authorities had put on the blacklist of unwanted foreigners.

RT tells Imperial family’s story in new online photo-project

Russia Today (RT) and the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF)are teaming up to shine light on how the family of Nicholas II lived. Together, they will present a multi-platform online project which will launch later this year with the first teaser hitting the web on Wednesday, 17 January.

3 foreigners that changed Russian history

Already known in their homelands, this trio of outsiders soon made their mark in Russia and as a result wrote their names into the history books. Georgy Manaev writes in RBTH.

Russian Works of Art Auction – 31 January, 2018 in New York

Showcased are more than 135 lots of Fabergé, icons, silver, bronzes and memorabilia from private collections across the United States, including important works from the descendants of Russian Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna and Russian Grand Duke George Mikhailovich.

Russia’s ‘Man in the Iron Mask’: Why was a royal baby sent to die in prison?

The youngest of Russian emperors, Ivan VI, spent most of his life forgotten in solitary confinement in a dank prison. His real name and identity were unknown even to the guards. Georgy Manaev writes in RBTH.

French still waiting for multi-million imperial debt payout from Moscow

Between 1880 and 1917 French citizens bought a total of 30 million Russian bonds. In January 1918 the head of the new revolutionary government Vladimir Lenin refused to pay off the bonds. Around 400,000 people are seeking 30 billion euros from Russia in payments for the bonds issued by the tsarist government.

Naval Pavilion commemorating the Franco-Russian military alliance’All Debts Are Paid’: France Clarifies Position on Czarist-Era Bond Debt Claims

Paris cannot demand that Russia reimburse French holders of pre-revolutionary Russian bond debt, France’s Ministry of the Economy and Finance has said.

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Another stunning aerial view of the Winter Palace in St Petersburg

The General Staff Building can be seen on the opposite side of Palace Square.

The former garden created in 1896 for the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, can be seen at the bottom of the photo. This was surrounded by a high wall topped with an intricate iron grill fence.

After the revolution, the palace garden was destroyed, although a number of historic trees and a fountain have been preserved to this day.

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