Last Imperial Family
"She was a poetical creature, always yearning for the ideal, and dreaming of great friendships which might be hers. The Emperor loved her devotedly, they had much in common, and the sisters used to laugh, and say that, if a favour were required, ‘Tatiana must ask Papa to grant it.’ She was very tall, and excessively thin, with a cameo-like profile, deep blue eyes, and dark chestnut hair… a lovely Rose maiden, fragile and pure as a flower." - Lili Dehn
Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna
The Grand Duchesses on the tennis court: 1910.
Portrait of four-year-old Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov by Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky (1839-1915). Imperial Russia, circa 1908-09.
Empress Maria Feodorovna lost her four sons during her lifetime, Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich died of meningitis in 1870, one month before his first birthday. Grand Duke George Alexandrovich passed away on 9 August 1899, at the age of 28. Her youngest son Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich was assasinated on 13 June 1918 few days later his older brother Nicholas II knew the same fate with his family on 17 July 1918.
"I am sure they all got out of Russia and now the Bolsheviks are trying to hide the truth." Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, refusing to accept the terrible fate of her sons and grandchildren.
Princess Irina Alexandra Yusupova’s Wedding Diadem
This “icy” diamond tiara was made in 1911 by Cartier and sold to nobleman Prince Felix Yusupov for his bride Princess Irina Alexandrovna, Tsar Nicholas II’s only niece, in January 1914. The diadem consists of platinum, carved rock crystal and diamonds in lines and small points like icicles, on top a gallery of diamonds. It is of incomparable subtlety and beauty, simply surmounted by a pure white diamond, weighing 366 carats.
Felix wrote in his memoirs:
We were quite overwhelmed with gifts: the most gorgeous jewels as well as the simplest and most touching presents from our peasants… Irina`s wedding dress was magnificent; it was of white satin embroidered in silver with a long train. Her veil, which had belonged to Marie-Antoinette was held by a tiara of rock crystal and diamonds.
During the Revolution the Yusupov family stowed many of their treasures in hidden walls beneath their palace, for a time they may be safely retrieved. However they were never able to return to Russia, and in 1925 Soviet Soldiers discovered these hidden vaults and robbed them entirely, the diadem included. Sadly, it has since been lost. [source]
A rare formal photo of Maria and Olga in 1916, from Helen Rappaport’s book Four Sisters.
Amazing! How and where did she find it??
Oh God it’s so beautiful I’m crying
"In Saint Petersburg we work, but at Livadia we live" - Olga
Painting of Livadia from a shared photo from Helen Azar’s facebook