This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


PHOTO: I came across this photo of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna only this morning, I do not recall having ever seen it before, and am so taken by it, that I wanted to share it with every one.

What intrigues me personally about this photo, is that it depicts the Imperial couple in a relaxed pose, Alexandra is resting her hands on Nicholas’ shoulders. It is rare to see members of the Imperial family touching one another. This has to be one of the loveliest photos of the Imperial couple that I have seen to date.

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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.

Royal Russia is pleased to offer our dedicated followers with the following 5 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 6 January 2019:

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



On January 1st, I launched a new Facebook page ‘NICHOLAS II. EMPEROR. TSAR. SAINT’, featuring news, videos, and photos from Russian media sources.

Follow the link above to join. Please click ‘LIKE‘ and ‘FOLLOW‘ to receive instant updates – thank you for supporting this important new project in researching the life and reign of Nicholas II

Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs: an intimate portrait of a doomed family

David V. Barrett writes in ‘The Catholic Herald’ about the exhibitions ‘Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs’ and ‘Shadows of War: Photographs of the Crimea’ at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, until April 28, 2019

10 of Russia’s most beautiful monasteries (PHOTOS)

RBTH have compiled a list of must-visit (or at least must-see) monasteries across the country, ranging from the grandiose to the cozily intimate, from the gloomy to the reverentially resplendent . . . BEAUTIFUL!

Russia searches for Napoleon’s gold

A Russian historian has come up with a new theory about the legend that the French Emperor Napoleon hid wagonloads of stolen treasure during his disastrous retreat from Moscow in 1812.

Russian Royals: Australia’s secret links to the Tsars, and why mystery remains over the Romanovs’ execution, a century on

I was consulted and quoted by journalist Sarah Swain in this article, published on 2nd January 2019, in 9NEWS in Sydney, Australia. The article features a few interesting photos and video.


1909 Alexander III Commemorative Egg

Lost Easter eggs of the tsars

According to Live Science Contributor Owen Jarus, between 1885 and 1916, the jewelry company Fabergé crafted about 50 ornately decorated Easter eggs for the Russian royal family. In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, some of these eggs went missing.

In 2017, Live Science revealed the existence of documents that show that two massive hoards of art and antiques were sent to New Orleans from the Soviet Union and Turkey in 1991 and 1992. The combined value of the two shipments was $164 million, which amounts to $285 million today. While the documents don’t state precisely what was in those shipments, it’s possible that one of the missing Easter eggs was among the treasures sent to the United States. There have been rumors over the years that some of the eggs made their way to private collections in the United States, and, in 2019, we may see one of the missing eggs come out of hiding.

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PHOTO: The image of the icon of the Mother of God projected onto the dome of the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg – absolutely stunning!


Wishing you all healthy and happiness in 2019

Royal Russia Founder
Celebrating 25 years in 2019

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