|This first group of pictures was apparently taken at Tsarskoe Selo in 1913 after a horse racing event.|
A simple picnic for the Romanovs - in this case, mostly the Vladimir branch of the family - might seem a long ways off from our current understanding of the word "simple" or even the word "picnic". And I can't imagine it was all that we might expect of such a gathering in the way of comfort; I don't think military uniforms or corseted gowns and elaborate picture hats are quite what most of us would choose for a relaxing meal all'aperto.
(There may be other people in these pictures who might be identified with a bit of research, but I am so trying to be less self-indulgent with my time....)
|Left to right: Her back to us, in the round hat, Grand Duchess Victoria; Prince Ioann|
Konstantinovich, smiling; at far right, looking at the camera, Grand Duchess Vladimir.
|Left to right: Again, the back of the Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna; Grand Duke Andrei|
Vladimirovich; Prince Ioann Konstantinovich; at far right, Grand Duchess Vladimir.
|The Grand Duchess Vladimir with her granddaughters, Princesses Kira and Maria Kirillovna.|
|At left, facing the camera, Princess Olga Orlova; Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich; unknown; Prince Ioann Konstantinovich.|
|At center, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich; at far right, Prince Ioann Konstantinovich.|
|The Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna - called "Ducky" in the family - and her daughters, Princesses Kira and Maria Kirillovna.|