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L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Random Romanovs - photographs of the extended family, circa 1860s-1940s

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich.
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and her aunt, Grand Duchess Serge (Elisaveta Feodorovna).
Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich.
Princess Irina Alexandrovna.
Grand Dukes George Mikhailovich and Michael Alexandrovich.
Grand Duchesses Elena Vladimirovna, Olga Alexandrovna, and Xenia Alexandrovna.
Empress Maria Feodorovna and Grand Duchesses Elena Vladimirovna, Olga Alexandrovna, and Xenia Alexandrovna.
Grand Duchess Serge.
Prince Feodor Alexandrovich.
Empress Maria Feodorovna and Nicholas II.
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna. (Two images.)
Empress Maria Feodorovna with her grandsons, Princes Rostislav and Vasili Alexandrovich, and attendant.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna with Anna Vyrubova and the Tsarevich.
Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna.
Prince Felix Yusupov and Princess Irina Alexandrovna.
Princess Nina Georgievna.
Grand Duchess Nicholas (Anastasia Nikolaevna) and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich.
Prince Gavril Konstantinovich.
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna.
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna.
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna.
Nicholas II, Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna, and Prince Nicholas of Greece.
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich and Nicholas II.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Empress Maria Feodorovna.
Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich.
Empress Maria Feodorovna.
Grand Duchess Vladimir (Maria Pavlovna "the elder").
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
Princes Rostislav and Vasili Alexandrovich and Grand Duchesses Anastasia and Maria Nikolaevna with attendants.
Grand Duchess Konstantin (Elisaveta Mavrikievna).
Princess Xenia Georgievna and William Bateman Leeds.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
Princess Paley and Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich.
Grand Duchess Kirill (Viktoria Feodorovna) and her son Vladimir.
Grand Duchess Paul (Alexandra Georgievna).
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. (Two images.)
Empress Maria Feodorovna and her daughter Xenia.
Grand Duchess Vladimir with her sons, Grand Dukes Boris and Kirill Vladimirovich.
Nicholas II and his four daughters.
Grand Duchess Serge.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Count Freedericksz.
Grand Duchess Vladimir, Grand Duchess Kirill, and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich. (Two images.)
Nicholas II while tsarevich.
Guri and Tikhon, the sons of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna.
Princesses Tatiana and Vera Konstantinovna.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna with her daughters Anastasia and Maria.
Grand Duke Dmitri Konstantinovich.
Grand Duchess Serge.
Prince Nicholas of Greece and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna.
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland.
Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich and the Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna).
Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Grand Duchess Vladimir, and grand duchesses Olga and Tatiana Nikolaevna.
Grand Duke George Alexandrovich.
George Mikhailovich, Count Brasov, the son
of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich.
Princess Irina Alexandrovna.
Grand Duchesses Olga and Anastasia Nikolaevna.
Prince Igor Konstantinovich.
Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna.
The Tsarevna, later Empress Maria Feodorovna.
Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich.
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and her brother, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich.
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna with, among others, her brother Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, her sister Grand Duchess
Xenia Alexandrovna and her husband Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, and Olga's first husband, Duke Peter of Oldenburg.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and her daughter Olga.
Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and his six sons, Princes Andrei, Feodor, Nikita, Dmitri, Rostislav, and Vasili Alexandrovich.
Grand Duchess Kirill.
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna.
Grand Duchess Konstantin (Alexandra Iosifovna) and two of her children,
Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich and Queen Olga of the Hellenes.
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. (Two images.)


  1. Amazing photos! But Grand Duchess Maria is the only woman not corsetted so tightly that tuberculosis was an inevitable outcome :( She looks modern and refined, without pain.

  2. Isn't it strange that 2 of the photos are inscribed in English? I suppose they were multi-lingual of course - but what was their native tongue? French? Some Russian Dialect?

    1. Russian and French were the two most common languages spoken. (You often read that there were Russian royals and aristocrats who couldn't even speak Russian, but I think that would have been a rare case.) And a lot of English was spoken, mostly due to the fashion in that milieu for having English nannies, governesses, and tutors. I was surprised to see the inscription on Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich's picture, even so. But the inscription on the mount of the photograph of the people in the boat is because it's a page from the photograph book of the English language tutor to the sons of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich. : )

  3. The Ramonovs brought about their own demise. The czar ruled as an absolute monarch, unlike Britain which has a constitutional monarch. I remember a program on tv where they interviewed an elderly woman who worked at one time for the British royal family. She remembered quite vividly the imperious manners of Czar Nicolas II and his entourage. She said it was quite horrible how they treated some of their and felt, that in time, with attitudes like that the Romanovs would not last long. -Rj/IE

    1. Ah, well, as long as that old lady said they were rude, they must have been! ; ) Actually, I've heard quite the opposite about most of the Romanovs, that they were surprisingly down to earth. But, yes, imperial Russia's system of government couldn't last. But then, nothing's that replaced it has done better; Lenin, Stalin, and all that, followed by a brief period of hope after the fall of the Soviet Union, and now they have Putin. And their brand of religion, suppressed for so long during the last century, now in full (evil) flower again, has always been a fairly toxic influence.