This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


A stunning aerial view of Livadia Palace

Around 1909, Nikolay Krasnov (1864-1939), Yalta’s most fashionable architect, was engaged to prepare plans for a new imperial palace for Emperor Nicholas II and his family in Crimea.

Construction began in 1910, and after 17 months, the new palace was inaugurated on 11 September 1911. The palace was built of white Crimean granite in the Neo-Renaissance style. On 15 (O.S. 3) November 1911, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna celebrated her 16th birthday at Livadia.

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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 142,000 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 week ending 5 May 2018:


ARTICLES – click on the red headline text below to read the respective articles

What’s inside Moscow’s Grand Kremlin Palace? (VIDEO)

Built in the 19th century and located in the very heart of Moscow, these lavishly decorated halls are rarely seen by tourists and even locals.


Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert in the Grand Kremlin Palace in October 2000

The murder of the Russian Tsar and family (VIDEO)

The Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family were killed by a firing squad in 1918. For many years, the circumstances of their death were shrouded in mystery. Their bones were eventually found in a swamp outside the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg where the Royal Family were held in captivity. In 1998, they were reburied in St Petersburg.

Princess Olga Andreevna Romanoff, the great niece of the Tsar, spoke to BBC’s ‘Witness’

#Romanovs100: The only survivor of royal family execution, Joy’s incredible story in rare photos

Tsesarevich Alexei and his spaniel Joy were inseparable and Joy followed Alexei everywhere, even to Stavka (the high command of the armed forces in the Russian Empire).

English chintz and imperial Russia

Royal historian Elizabeth Jane Timms, writes about the‘English’ chintzes for some of the furnishings of the Alexander Palace, the palatial home they came to love at Tsarskoye Selo.

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A charming childhood portrait of Princess Irina Alexandrovna by E. Bellet. From the collection of the Pavlovsk State Museum-Reserve.

Irina was born at Peterhof on 15 July (OS: 3 July), 1895, Peterhof, She was the only daughter and eldest child of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna. She was also the only niece of Tsar Nicholas II, and the wife of the wealthiest man in Imperial Russia, Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov (1887-1967), one of the men who murdered Grigori Rasputin in 1916.

When Felix died in 1967, Irina was stricken by grief and died three years later in Paris on 26 February 1970. The couple are buried in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery, in the southern suburbs of Paris.

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