PHOTO: a view of the ruins of the Lower Dacha (situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in the Alexandria Park, Peterhof), as it looked in 1959.
During the Great Patriotic War (1941-45), the Nazis used the former Imperial residence as a base for its coastal defence. The building survived the war, and stood until 1961 when it was blown up by the Soviets – the Lower Dacha was left in ruins.
After their marriage in 1895, it was here that Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna spent their first summer together. It was also here that four of their five children were born, three daughters: Tatiana (1897), Maria (1899), Anastasia (1901), as well as their only son and heir to the Russian throne, Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich (1904). It was also at the Lower Dacha that in 1914, Nicholas II signed the Manifesto of Russia’s entry into the First World War.
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Of all the countries that fought in the Great War, none was perhaps more affected than Russia. Dissatisfaction at home over Russian losses in World War I led to Tsar Nikolai II’s abdication of the Romanov throne and, several months later, the Bolshevik Revolution, sealed with the execution of the royal family by the new Soviet authorities in the Ural mountain city of Yekaterinburg. But as Charles Maynes reports, Russian attempts to bring closure to the Romanov story remain elusive even today.
The descendants of Russia’s last emperor, officials from Moscow and other regions of Russia, Orthodox clerics and historians came to the State Kremlin Palace on Thursday for the annual readings, dedicated to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna and other members of the Russian royal family, who were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
Royal riches from Russia + PHOTOS + 2 VIDEOS
Priceless gems and intimate portraits that recall the bond between the Romanovs and Windsors are the stars of a dazzling new exhibition ‘Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs’ which opens next month at The Queen’s Gallery in London.
A look inside the Romanov jewelry catalogues that mother Russia doesn’t want you to see. Stellene Volandes writes in Town & Country
After the fall of the Tsarist regime on March 2, 1917, those Romanovs who managed to escape capture by the Bolsheviks sought refuge abroad. Since then, several Romanovs have claimed to be the legal successors to the non-existent Russian throne, and they’re still arguing! Georgy Manaev writes in RBTH
The Romanov Family Tree: Real Descendants and Wannabes + PHOTOS & VIDEO
Czar Nicholas II’s immediate family were all murdered in 1918. But there are still living descendants with royal claims to the Romanov name. Sarah Pruitt writes in History
Royal historian Elizabeth Jane Timms writes about the birth of Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, later Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, born in Darmstadt on 1st November 1864.
The Russian royals were a multilingual lot: from childhood future emperors and princes learned at least two or three foreign languages. For some, even Russian seemed less familiar than European languages.
Murdering an emperor? Organizing a revolution? Spending 30 years in prison? Nothing was too difficult for these female revolutionaries who dedicated their lives to bringing down the Russian Empire.
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PHOTO: Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna (born Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark, 1876-1940) and her two daughters Princess Nina Georgievna (1901-1974), and Princess Xenia “Tommy” Georgievna (1903-1965). London 1917.
Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna was the fifth child and second daughter of King George I of Greece and Olga Constantinovna of Russia. On 30 April 1900, Maria was married in Corfu to Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (1863-1919). George was shot along with three other Romanov grand dukes by the Bolsheviks, on the grounds of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg on 28 January 1919.
Nina was the mother of the late Prince David Chavchavadze (May 20, 1924 – October 5, 2014), a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, and author of several books including ‘The Grand Dukes’.
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